Surname Majhi, another boatman said: "Our community is suffering. We are involved in this business for long. We have no means of earning other than this. We are requesting the government to pay attention to our problems and help us."
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on May 30 issued new guidelines for phased re-opening of "all activities outside containment zones for the next one month beginning June 1".
"The guidelines came into effect from June 1, 2020, and will be effective till June 30, 2020. The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus," MHA said in a release.
The country was under the fourth phase of lockdown
which continued till May 31. The lockdown
was first enforced in March to contain the spread of coronavirus.