Wednesday, July 22, 2020

How Many Air India Staff Died of COVID-10? Airline Will Not Disclose

New Delhi: Air India has announced a fixed amount of compensation for the kins of those Air India staff who died of COVID-19, but is tightlipped over the number. An internal circular said, “many employees of the company are getting COVID positive and some of the employees have also succumbed to the pandemic.” How many defines ‘some’? Air India spokesperson did not respond to PTI queries on how many employees have been infected and have died due to coronavirus.

The circular comes at a time when the cash-strapped airline is embroiled in several controversies, including its decision to send some staff to compulsory leave without pay for five years. The airline has also opened its all offices from July 20 — without any special roster.

“To safeguard the interests of the families, it has been decided to make an ad-hoc payment to the family or legal heir of employees, who die during the period of COVID-19,” the circular said.

Families or legal heirs of permanent employees who die of COVID-19 will get Rs 10 lakh, the amount is Rs 5 lakh for fixed-term contract employees and Rs 90,000 for casual employees who worked continuously for one year.

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