BANGLAHUNT DESK: Maharashtra man John Pereira, 45, who runs a money transfer business in Vasai-East, has now come to the rescue of migrant workers. In the industrial city of Vasai, about 60 km from Mumbai, a large number of migrant workers have been stranded since the nationwide lockdown against the corona virus (COVID-19). They lack basic necessities like food and water. They all work day in and day out. So because they don't have a job at the moment, they are in danger in exile.
Those who need money can take banking services from that person. “Ninety-nine percent of these workers are calligraphers and electricians,” Pereira said. They have deposited money in the bank using Aadhaar card. But in this crisis, they do not know how to withdraw money as they do not have ATM cards. In normal times they can go to the village and collect money and come with their family members. But in this problem they have cash problem. That's why Pereira came forward to help them.
Currently, with the help of Aadhaar card, Pereira is helping by withdrawing money from their account. With the help of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (APS), Perera is helping them to withdraw cash from their accounts. The government-approved facility is that a person can withdraw money directly using the Aadhaar card linked to their Jan Dhan or MGNREGA account, or even by scanning his biometrics. However, Pereira gave up his commission altogether to provide this service during the lockdown.
Pereira had obtained permission to run the service before the lockdown began. Which is currently active in money transfer unit shops throughout the region of Vasai. Pereira said he was barred from doing so by his family, citing his physical condition. But he continued his work to stand by the people during this crisis. Every day he keeps his shop open for four and a half hours in the morning and five hours in the evening. During this period, about 10-15 migrant workers were assisted every day. During this time he has stopped his other activities i.e. travel ticket booking, mobile recharge and selling car batteries. The commission of Rs 4.50 he received from the bank for each of these transactions would have saved his shop rent, electricity bills and employee money.
Pereira never hesitates to pay from his own account in case of emergency. And every moment he has to run to the bank to continue this service. “These people need my help now,” he said. I am not aiming to make any extra profit through this crisis. I keep my business open at my own risk to help the poor. ' John Pereira has set a precedent of neutrality in this private time, expressing sympathy rather than personal protection and comfort. His support is helping many people to live longer.