Rising prices break ordinary man’s back amid Covid blues | Bhopal News

Bhopal: When prices for essential goods started to rise during the pandemic, people thought it was because of supply chain disruption due to Covid restrictions. However, the prices continued to rise and bother the common man now.
“It’s a grim situation for us, the working class. We are not poor to get free rations or benefits. We can’t go back to a one-room apartment like we lived in when we were students, we can’t take our kids out of public school and enroll them in public school. We can’t go back to riding scooters and asking wife and kids to ride scooters with us in this scorching sun. But, it is becoming difficult to maintain the same lifestyle we are used to as the prices of all essential things are skyrocketing and incomes have dropped due to the pandemic,” said Ashok Tiwari, a resident of Shahpura.

“Rising prices are nothing new, but the way prices have risen in recent years is phenomenal. I have two daughters and a lot of money has to be spent on their education. Then you have loans and EMIs. Anything you can take care of if there is enough savings but a constant price increase – groceries, petrol, LPG bottle, food and everything else has cut into the savings drastically and that’s it. is why people are feeling the pinch of inflation all the more,” Santosh said. Verma, a lawyer.
“Also, rising prices don’t affect you so much if your income also increases proportionally. But over the past two years, revenues have been hit hard due to the pandemic. Courts remained closed for days under lockdown and even when open, work was limited. All of this has contributed to making life difficult for middle-class people like us,” Verma added.
“You talk about inflation. You tell me which product or service is cheap. I just bought soybean oil for Rs 178 per litre. You go to a good restaurant, food for 3 will cost you Rs 1000. Food, education, transport – everything is expensive. As prices go up, people’s income goes down. First of all, if everything becomes more expensive day by day, people’s purchasing power automatically goes down. Also, due to the pandemic, the income of an ordinary man has dropped significantly. It has still not been able to reach pre-Covid revenues even now, despite the situation normalizing to a large extent. On the other hand, edible oil, gasoline, diesel, LPG cylinder, textiles, gold, vegetables, fruits – everything is getting more expensive day by day. Mangoes are selling at Rs 100-150 per Kg, we used to eat mangoes, now we just smell them. Coriander sells for Rs 220 per Kg and lemon, Rs 200 per Kg. I’m in the IT field. The cost of laptops has increased by 25-30% and the volume of business has decreased significantly. If I sold 100 computers a month ago, I only sell 25 now,” said Prabodh Pandya, a businessman.
“If you ask me how the price hike has affected me, I’ll give you a simple example. I am a physiotherapist and I go to people’s homes to help them and give them exercise advice. I usually go to six to seven houses every day. Previously Rs 500 petrol was enough for a week, now it doesn’t last for two days. It didn’t affect me alone, but my clients and I increased my visit fees. Gasoline is just one example. If you could cover your household expenses with half your income, you are spending 25-30% more now. And, as your savings dwindle, you can’t borrow to build a house or do anything else. If you have already taken out a loan to build a house or buy a vehicle, you find it difficult to pay the EMI on time,” says Vinay Sahu, a young physiotherapist.

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