Monday, June 15, 2020

Air India staff demand higher ground insurance cover as cases rise

Mumbai: National carrier Air India has been receiving praises for operating flights and evacuating stranded passengers across the world during the coronavirus crisis.

The pilots, cabin crew and ground staff have also been applauded for rising to the occasion and rendering the service to the nation. But while flights are being operated, Air India staff have raised serious concern about the coronavirus insurance cover and sought an explanation from the airline.

At present, an Air India staff is eligible for life and health insurance when they contract the infection in the flight, but the insurance clause does not cover Covid-19 as soon as the plane lands on the ground.

An Air India employee told India Today TV that the group insurance also reduces to a “paltry” Rs 10 lakh when staff lands after a flight.

It may be noted that the Air India staffers have been putting themselves at risk during the various international evacuation missions conducted by the government. Some of them have tested positive for the virus as well.

A senior cabin crew member from Mumbai recently wrote to Air India DMD and expressed concern over the current situation. He sought an explanation of the insurance clause for staff.

The cabin crew member highlighted that many AI staffers tested coronavirus positive despite the best precautions and felt that the risk of the virus was being “undermined by the airline”. Many other crew members have expressed the same concern to India Today TV.
15/06/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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