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Monday, 20 July 2020

Out of job, lensmen struggle to eke out living

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, July 19

Bharat, a photographer, bought two DSLR cameras for Rs 3.5 lakh in January. He wanted to expand his business and took a loan for the purpose. But his plan has gone down the drain in the wake of the Covid pandemic. He is now compelled not only to sell these cameras at much lower rates to repay the loan, but also to take up some other work to make ends meet.

Not only Bharat, several other photographers and owner of photo studios are facing similar situation in the district following curbs on public gatherings such as weddings and social, political and religious functions.

“Rohtak district has more than 250 photo studios and over 500 photographers work from home. Most of them are on the verge of starvation. Some of them have sold their cameras to make ends meet. Our business is largely dependent upon weddings and other functions, which have not been taking place due to the pandemic,” said Sanjeev Dhall, president, Rohtak Photography Sangh.

Dhall said no one was paying heed to their plight. “We have written to the Chief Minister for monetary help several times, but to no avail,” he said.

Vikas Chawla, owner of Standard Color Lab, said he had never thought that photographers would face such crisis. “I am worried about repaying my loan. I also have to pay my workers,” said Chawla, adding he had no hope that the prevailing situation would improve this year.

Jitender, owner of JK Photo Studio, said he had no option but to take up some other work in order to earn his living. “Some of the photographers have vacated their shops as they are not able to pay rent,” he said.

from The Tribune

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