The whole nation has rolled up its sleeves to fight the coronavirus pandemic. With 349 confirmed COVID-19 cases, not only the Government but the country’s top employers have also stepped up their efforts to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
India’s largest public sector bank, State Bank of India (SBI), in a notice issued to its employees has described the strategy and plan to deal with the pandemic.
According to reports, half the employees will be working from home, and the other half will have to report for duty. The two groups will switch every alternate day. These instructions came into effect from March 21 and will be enforced up to April 4.
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A circular sent to employees read, “Staff members who are not required to attend office on a particular day as per the roster drawn up, must ensure that they are available on telephone and mail at all times — and are available for duty in case of exigency.”
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) in a bid to fight coronavirus has taken a few measures. HUL has pledged Rs 100 crores to fight Covid-19 and also announced that it will donate 2 crore Lifebuoy soaps for free over the next few months “to the sections of society which need it the most”.
The company said in a media statement, “In public interest, HUL is reducing the prices of Lifebuoy sanitizers, Lifebuoy liquid hand wash and Domex floor cleaners by 15%. We are commencing production of these reduced priced products immediately and these will be available in the market in the next few weeks.”
Tata Motors, which has one of its biggest factories in the worst-hit state in India, Maharashtra, is scaling down its operations as a measure to tackle Coronavirus.
Tata said it will be ready to close down its Pune plant by Tuesday. In addition, most employees will still get their wages. Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran announced that all temporary and daily wage workers would be covered from March and April, even if they are unable to come into work due to self-isolation or quarantine.