Air India, which is operating flights to repatriate Indians stranded abroad due to Covid pandemic, lost 56 employees till July 14. Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Thursday. "A total of 3,523 employees of Air India Limited have been affected by COVID-19. Out of this, 56 employees succumbed to this pandemic till July 14, 2021," the minister stated in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
He said that a number of representations have been received by Air India from employee associations for grant of due compensation and other benefits to the Covid-19 affected employees. He also informed the House that Air India has introduced various measures to safeguard the interests of the employees and their families affected due to the Covid-19 including quarantine leave (Paid Leave) of 17 days to employees who are affected by Covid-19.
"On the death of a Permanent or Fixed Term Contractual Employee due to Covid-19, their families are paid compensation of Rs 10,00,000 and Rs 5,00,000 respectively. Families of casual or contract workers are paid compensation of Rs 90,000 or 2 months' salary. Reimbursement of vaccination charges are being provided to employees and their families if paid by them.", the statement added.