“A total of 3,523 Air India employees have been affected by Covid-19. Of (them), 56 employees succumbed to this pandemic as of July 14, 2021, ”the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh said on Thursday in a written response to a question in Lok Sabha.
Air India had just over 9,000 employees last March.
The airline has been at the forefront of operational flights to bring back Indians stranded abroad during the pandemic, a process that began last January when it flew two jumbo jets from Delhi to Wuhan to carry the Indians, mainly students. , from there. (Retired) General Singh said AI has taken various steps to safeguard the interests of Covid-affected employees and their families.
He said that Air India paid Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of each permanent employee who died due to Covid-19. When an employee with a fixed-term contract died due to Covid-19, AI paid his family compensation of Rs 5 lakhs, it added.
Employees infected with Covid-19 were granted a 17-day paid quarantine leave, he said. “Reimbursement for vaccination charges is being provided to employees and their families if they are paid for by them,” he said.