Whereas many are common caddies, tons of of others search for part-time jobs or alternate sources of earnings as there aren’t any job ensures.
Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan, the front-runner to qualify for Tokyo Olympics, believes greater than anyone the caddies can have a tricky time if the state of affairs would not enhance rapidly.
“The lockdown is affecting the caddies lots. They earn cash every day, they haven’t any different incomes. They’ve households, and must pay hire. So will probably be troublesome for them to maintain if issues do not enhance,” Rashid advised PTI.
“Even my caddie (Imran Mohammad Ansari), who’s from Mumbai, had texted me requesting for monetary assist. There are lots of caddies who’re being affected.”
Mantu, who has caddied Rashid Khan, Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma and 2015 Junior World Golf Champion Shubham Jaglan on the Delhi Golf membership, stated if issues do not get to regular 95 % of the caddies might be in bother.
“In our nation, solely 5 p.c of caddies are well-off, who’re incomes Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000 per thirty days and might handle their family however the remainder might be in bother if issues do not enhance and golf equipment do not open quickly,” he stated.
“Solely 50-60 caddies usually journey with the highest golfers within the PGTI, a few of the caddies get a wage from golfers whom they caddie however relaxation are utterly depending on day by day wages.”
“Luckily, I’ve saved 30 % of the cash that I’ve earned in my life. So I do not need assistance now as such. I can maintain my household.”
Mumbai-born Imran, who has been caddying Rashid for the final 4 years, stated he’s anxious about his future.
“We’re in serious trouble with golf programs being closed. Our Membership is at the moment offering ration like rice, pulses, onions and potatoes however that isn’t sufficient. We’re one way or the other managing.”
“We earn Rs 500-600 if we caddie for any member on a day however now with no work, issues are trying gloomy,” stated the 37-year-old, who works at Bombay Presidency Golf Membership.
“There are round 140 caddies who’ve come from exterior. These individuals are in larger bother, they don’t seem to be getting assist.”
Whereas Bombay Presidency Golf Membership is offering ration, Bangalore golf membership has been paying Rs 300 to every caddie until the membership opens once more.
Noida Golf Membership has additionally paid sums of Rs 2000 and Rs 2500 to the caddies, whereas Patna Golf Membership too has managed to assist with Rs 1000 to its caddies moreover distributing meals objects.
Given the state of affairs, the Caddies Welfare Belief (CWT) at Delhi Golf Membership has written to the House Ministry to think about opening the golf programs within the nation.
“A letter has gone from the Caddie Welfare Belief to the House Minister to think about opening the golf programs, primarily for the sustenance of the caddies, who solely rely on day by day wage and are at the moment in monetary stress,” DGC president Main Ravinder Singh Bedi (retd) stated.
“If it isn’t addressed these individuals will begin going house and it’d result in one other migration situation.” DGC has additionally determined to pay Rs 5000 to the caddies and the members have additionally opened a fund the place every has contributed Rs 500 which might be distributed to the caddies as soon as the lockdown is lifted.
DGC additionally has been getting ready 600 meals packages in its kitchen on a regular basis which is being distributed by the police to the needy.
Many golfers and golf equipment members have additionally come ahead to assist out the caddies. Rahul Bajaj, who received the silver medal on the 2010 Asian Video games, and Kashif Alam, a golfer on PGTI, additionally used social media to inspire others to come back ahead and likewise to assemble funds to assist out the caddies.
“Caddies are the migrant labourers of the golf course and so I believed if every golfer can maintain a few caddies, we are able to remedy this drawback to an excellent extent, so I began a web page in social media and it took off nicely with individuals from Noida to Jorhat becoming a member of and it motivated others to assist out the caddies,” Bajaj stated.
Alam too has been distributing rations to caddies and their households.
However caddies are anxious that no matter assist they’re receiving now will dry up if issues do not search for quickly.
“We will solely hope, nothing is in our palms,” says Imran.