Story of Ahmad
Ahmad is a rickshaw puller in Bengaluru. He has shifted from Jhumri Taliah along with his 3 brothers, 2 sisters and old parents. He stays in a jhuggi. The survival of all members of his family depends on his daily earnings from pulling rickshaw.
However, he does not have a secured employment and his earnings fluctuate everyday. During some days, he gets enough earning for him to save some amount after buying all his day-to-day necessities. On other days, he barely earns enough to buy his daily necessities.
However, fortunately, Ahmad has a yellow card, which is PDS Card for below poverty line people. With this card, Ahmad gets sufficient quantity of wheat, rice, sugar and kerosene oil for his daily use. He gets these essentials at half of the market price.
He purchases his monthly stock during a particular day when the ration shop is opened for below poverty people. In this way, Ahmad is able to eke out his survival with less than sufficient earnings for his big family where he is the only earning member.
On the basis of above story, answer the following questions.
(a) Does Ahmad have a regular income from rickshaw pulling?
(b) How does the yellow card help Ahmad to run his family even with small earnings from rickshaw pulling?