Tata Steel To Continue To Pay Salaries And Support Kids For Families Of Covid Victims

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In a magnanimous gesture much needed in these times, Tata Steel BSL has said it will pay salaries, housing and medical benefits of employees who died of Covid until what would have been their retirement at the age of 60. It also promised to cover children’s education costs until they graduate.

This week India officially counted 300,000 dead from the virus, though experts warn the number is higher. Tata Steel has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation across locations and is also ensuring massive communication drives with its workforce through mass mails, hoardings, banners, stickers, standees, leaflets in Odia, Hindi and English as per the suggestions of the World Health Organisation and Central and State governments. Additionally, thousands of leaflets in regional languages have been distributed among the workers, truck drivers coming to the plant and loudspeakers have also been deployed in workers’ colonies and in the plant premises to create awareness.

Tata has also pledged to pay full salaries to their temporary workers in addition to daily wage earners for the months of March and April 2020 even if the workers are unable to work due to either quarantine measures, site closures, plant shutdowns or other Covid-19 reasons.

To avoid public transport for their employees residing in Dhenkanal, an exclusive bus has been arranged. Employees are being encouraged to pool cars and not use public transport.

A second wave of the virus has ravaged India’s already bursting-to-capacity healthcare system in the past few weeks, and hospitals have been forced to turn away patients. Critical medicines and oxygen have run out in several areas.

“Tata Steel stands together with a deep sense of loss at the sad demise of its beloved employees during this dreadful pandemic,” the company said in a statement.

Tata Steel isn’t the only one to reach out a helping hand at this time. From Mankind Pharma and Sonalika Tractors to Bajaj Auto and Tech Mahindra, more companies have rolled out a Covid support policy for families of employees claimed by Covid.

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