New Delhi: V K Singh, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, stated on Thursday that as of July 14, up to 56 Air India employees had died due to COVID19. “A total of 3,523 Air India Limited employees were affected by COVID19. Among them, 56 employees died from the epidemic on July 14, 2021,” it said in Lok Sabha’s written response.
Minister said that the national airline has taken various measures to safeguard the interests of employees and their families affected by COVID-19. He claimed that the airline paid 10 lakh rupees to the family members of each long-term employee who died due to COVID19. He noted that when an employee with a fixed-term contract died due to COVID19, Air India paid his family 5 lakh rupees in compensation. He said employees infected with COVID19 received 17 days of paid isolation leave.
“If employees and their families pay for the vaccination, they will be compensated,” he said. The minister said medical facilities were also provided to positive Covid employees.