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Around 96 percent of people lost income due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Right to Food Campaign's survey reports that one in four respondents lost income and suffered low nutritional quality due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Right to Food Campaign's survey reports that one in four respondents lost income and suffered low nutritional quality due to COVID-19 lockdown.The Indian government announced a nationwide lockdown in March 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. Later the lockdown was eased in phases.

Right to Food Campaign launched a program called "Hunger Watch" in April-May and September-October 2020 to track the impact of COVID-19 lockdown on vulnerable and marginalized communities in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Delhi, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal. Volunteers or researchers identified the vulnerable households in these states and shortlisted them. 3,994 respondents from 11 states were involved in the survey. Out of 3,994 respondents, 294 are from Maharashtra. A majority of households reported low income during the lockdown. The survey shows that about one in four respondents had their incomes almost reduced to half in September-October than before lockdown. The report concluded that during the COVID-19 lockdown, most people had dealt with hunger because of a shortage of money to buy food, and many suffered job losses.

Hindustan Times citing Mukta Srivastava, the state's convener for the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan, statements that, "Around 96 percent people out of those surveyed admitted that their earnings dropped sharply in the lockdown period, and their situation remained the same five months after the lockdown was lifted." She also mentioned that "nearly 49 percent of respondents of the survey, conducted as part of the nationwide Right to Food Campaign, had to borrow money from friends and relatives to buy food."

Hence, the majority of the people suffered from low income and quality of food during the lockdown. Even after the lockdown was lifted, they struggled to achieve some level of normalcy in their lives.

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