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It is a compromise when it comes to food

He has switched from costly vegetables to cheaper greens

PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Diet affected: S.Srinivasan, Electrician. —

It is on the food plate where inflation has hit S. Srinivasan the most.

In the recent past, the 25-year-old electrician’s plate has seen more of greens than vegetables.

“The family has switched over to eating greens only because it is cheaper compared to vegetables,” he says, about the changes that he has been forced to carry out in order to make ends meet.

Chicken

Likewise, mutton has given way to chicken because the four-member family feels the pinch of price rise when it spends Rs. 240 for a kg.

The compromise continues. Mr. Srinivasan’s mother S. Radhamani says the family has reduced milk intake.

That again is to help the family spend within income.

Mr. Srinivasan works as electrician and work is hard to come by as those constructing building have either delayed construction or stopped midway to cope with the rise in prices of steel, cement or other building materials.

For him this means loss of income.

Work

“Until about two months ago, I earned Rs. 600 a week. Now it has come down to Rs. 300 and the work is only for three days a week,” he says.

With income down by 50 per cent, the family cannot reduce anything more.

Ms. Radhamani says the current consumption level is judicious and the family cannot cut down intake any further.

This has forced the family to borrow from friends.

Mr. Srinivasan, who has hit by absence of work and rise in prices, hopes things will be back to normal at the earliest.

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