In this current situation when companies are opting for pay cuts, Airtel is planning to give the basic income for the current month to around 25,000 employees of its distribution partners and retail franchise network.
According to a media report, the telecom company wrote a letter to their distribution partners in Delhi NCR, Airtel mentioned about the sudden lockdown that has reduced the operations and returns in the month of April.
“In order to help you tide over this tough time, we plan to extend a onetime support for the month of April. This is done with an endeavour to ensure that your FSE (field service executive) and other frontline colleagues get their basic income."
The report highlights that this act is likely to benefit about 25,000 employees of Airtel's distribution partners, the total monetary outgo for the company on this count could not be ascertained.
"We are all going through an unprecedented situation requiring a lockdown, due to which we are seeing a sharp drop in our business as well. This disruption has impacted many categories sharply. In a way we are fortunate that we are associated with an industry that helps keep the 'lights on' – thereby, keeping the country connected and people in touch with their loved ones," said the report.