India’s Tata Steel will continue to pay salaries to families of COVID-19 victims

FILE – In this April 26, 2021, file photo, people queue up for coronavirus vaccine in Mumbai, India. The disparities of the coronavirus pandemic were already stark in India, where access to health care is as stratified and unequal as other parts of its society. Now, the divide along the lines of wealth and technology are further widening that chasm, and many people are falling through the gaps as vaccines remain inaccessible to millions. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

India’s giant Tata Steel has announced that it will keep paying salaries to the families of employees who die of COVID-19, until the deceased employee would have been 60 years old.

In a Twitter post, Tata Steel stated that it “has taken the path of agility with care by extending social security schemes to family members of the employees affected.” The company is urging people to help others around them in any way they can to “get through these tough times”.

In addition to the salaries, the company will cover the expenses of the deceased employee’s children’s education, until graduation in India.

Tata Steel is an Indian-owned multinational steel-making company. It is headquartered in Mumbai with operations in many Indian cities and abroad.

India is one of the countries being hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with the number of infections second only to the U.S. and the third highest number of deaths, behind the U.S. and Brazil, with over 315,000. This is about 9% of the global COVID-19 death toll.

 

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