[India] Airtel To Pay May Salaries Of 30,000 Retail And Distribution Staff

25 JUN 2020

According to a note from the company to its partners, telecom operator Bharti Airtel has made the decision to pay May salaries to the nearly 30,000 workers employed by its retail and distribution partners, to help them survive these "tough times" and impact of lockdown, Business Standard reports.

Airtel had previously agreed to pay the April salaries of those employed by its distribution partners and retail franchisee network.

The note’s contents were reportedly shared with news agency PTI, in it, Manu Sood - Hub CEO (Upper North) of Bharti Airtel - said, "We all are going through an unprecedented situation and with the lockdown that got extended for the months of April and May, we have already seen a lot of impact on our business. This disruption also resulted in a drop in business across many other sectors and categories in much worse ways."

Mr Sood observed that the telecom industry has become a facilitator; keeping the Indian nation and its customers connected "during these tough times". He expressed confidence that things would return to normal soon and that the company will "spring back and win in the market place".

"We understand that this extended lockdown has also reduced your returns during May, as it was for the month of April. In order to help you tide over this tough time, like in the month of April, we are extending a one-time support for the month of May as well.”

Bharti Airtel has urged its partners to pass along the basic monthly payment for May to all their staff.

"Further, as you have been informed earlier, all your Airtel Friends are covered under the Covid-19 medical insurance programme as a gesture of our gratitude towards them. Exact details of the support amount will be communicated to you by your retail head," Mr Sood said.

Source: Business Standard