Covid-19: Back to the paddy fields as lockdown throws plans into disarray

Until late March, Ashish Kumar was helping to make plastic boxes for Ferrero Rocher praline chocolates and the plastic spoons tucked inside Kinder Joy eggs to scoop out the milky sweet cream inside. With a diploma in plastic mould technology, the 20-year-old had a foot on his chosen career ladder.

His younger brother Aditya chose law, but Ashish had his sights set on plastic. “I want to start a business of my own,” he said, explaining how he wants to recycle plastic to make day-to-day products at his own factory. India’s.....

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