JOB LOSS AND SALARY CUTS HAUNT MANY INDIANS
As India continues to fight against the widespread of the pandemic novel coronavirus aka COVID-19, many Indians seem haunted by salary cuts and job loss. Despite repeated requests by various sectors and assurance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, companies are asking their employees to leave and are also imposing salary cuts. It is not just the small-sized or medium-sized industries that are laying off the jobs, but big corporate giants are also poised to cut down the salary of the employees or even handle them with termination letters. Bajaj Auto, India’s third-biggest two-wheeler manufacturer advised its factory employees to take a 10% cut in their salaries so that everyone’s job is safe and no one loses their employment. However, this is only applicable if the production does not timely resume on April 21. As per Dilip Pawar, President, Bajaj Auto Union, all the employees have agreed to this plan of action. Vistara, one of India’s biggest full-service airline operators released a statement stating that around 30% of its workforce will have to take non-paid leaves for one to three days starting from April 15 to 30. The statement also highlighted that it is a compulsory act of action and everyone has to strictly adhere to it. The number of non-paid leaves depends on the employment grades, for example, the senior-most employees will have to take three days of non-paid leaves, said the statement. Indian tourism and hospitality sector that currently accounts for more than 12% of the total employment opportunities in the country has been left completely paralysed by the outbreak of the pandemic. Experts believe that around 4 to 5 crore people will lose their jobs who are directly or indirectly working in the tourism and hospitality sector. Experts also hinted at more job losses if the spread of the infection continues to grow. Meanwhile, Narendra Modi announced the suspension of all hospitality services till May 3 raising more concerns for the industry. But, the announcement was made keeping in mind the safety of human lives and to put an end to the havoc caused by the coronavirus. As an exception, hotels and homestays accommodating stranded tourists due to the nationwide lockdown and those declared as quarantine centres by the government will start functioning from April 20. Having discussed all that, the number of cases in India rose to 13,495, and about 448 people have died of the infection so far, as per the data collected by the Worldometer. Maharashtra leads the table with 3,204 positive cases, including 194 deaths. Delhi with 1,640 positive cases is at second position followed by Tamil Nadu (1,267), Rajasthan (1,131) and Madya Pradesh (1,115).
Sources: WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC of the PRC, JHU CSSE, DXY, QQ, and various international media
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* Cases identified on a cruise ship currently in Japanese territorial waters.