Naveen Jindal-led JSPL has promised to pay full salaries to its employees, who died of COVID-19 complications, for the next five years. The steel giant has also said that it would consider the spouse or children of its deceased employees for job opportunities within the JSPL.
In a message to its employees, the company’s Group HR head Pankaj Lochan said, “As per guidelines from our Hon’ble Chairman, the JSPL has decided to provide the following benefits to the family members of those employees who unfortunately lost their lives to COVID-19.”
These benefits include ‘entitlement to the current basic salary (of the deceased) for the next 5 years, existing medical insurance till the retirement age (of deceased employee) or the next 10 years, whichever is later, for eligible family members as per the existing policy.’
The company also said that it will alternatively consider ‘spouse/children for job opportunities within the company as per the policy basis business requirement and person’s skill set.’
The JSPL would also fund the education of two children of the deceased employees up to senior secondary level up to a ‘maximum of Rs. 1 lakh per child per year.’ The JSPL would also facilitate the enrolment of two children from each affected family to support their college education with an amount ‘equivalent to OPJEMS Scholarship program conducted every year to commemorate our founding Chairman.’
The company has also promised to pay up to Rs. 1 lakh to towards travel expenditure in the event that the famil wants to resettle themselves.
The news of JSPL making a generous announcement to provide a healing touch to the families of its employees, who died during the pandemic, earned Naveen Jindal plenty of plaudits.
Salute @MPNaveenJindal for this extraordinary gesture! JSPL promises to pay full salaries to employees, who died of COVID-19 for 5 years, consideration of spouse/children for job opportunities, medical benefits etc also included. pic.twitter.com/ylyeD8K6q6
— Rifat Jawaid (@RifatJawaid) May 25, 2021
A really good step towards corporate social responsibility.
Other big, medium & small houses to follow. https://t.co/bcWUEoVSQY
— Ashok Narang (@narangashok50) May 25, 2021
Several chief ministers cutting across party lines have publicly applauded Naveen Jindal for his extraordinary help with oxygen supplies during the pandemic. More recently, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Reddy tweeted, “Thank you @MPNaveenJindal ji for standing with Andhra Pradesh in this fight against #COVID19. Appreciate your help of sending more than 500 MT of LMO from JSPL to AP, in these hard times.”
— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) May 24, 2021
JSPL tankers have been relentless in supplying liquid oxygen to hospitals in several states including Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Odisha to name a few.