MUMBAi: India’s largest company in terms of market value, Reliance Industries (RIL), will bear the Covid-19 vaccination cost for its employees and their immediate family members, it said on Friday. RIL joins the growing list of companies covering vaccination costs for its people and their dependents. RIL has 1.95 lakh employees in India.
In an e-mail to its staff, RIL’s non-executive director Nita Ambani urged them to register for the government’s vaccination programme and that the company will bear the full cost of the vaccination for them, their spouses, parents and vaccine-eligible aged children. “You and your family’s safety and well-being is our responsibility,” Ambani said.
RIL’s vaccination programme will cover employees of its oil-to-chemicals, retail, telecom and other units of the $87-billion enterprise.
The country’s vaccination programme has ramped up after it expanded coverage to citizens above the age of 45, including those with comorbidities. Vaccines administered at public health centres are free, while private facilities cannot charge more than Rs 250 per dose.
“In our Reliance Family Day 2020 message, Mukesh and I personally assured you that as soon as any approved Covid-19 vaccine is available in India, we will do our best to plan early vaccination for all Reliance employees and family members,” Ambani wrote. “We remain committed to this goal and to contributing to our nation’s collective ability to end the coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible.”
India has approved two vaccines-Covishield and Covaxin, which is developed by local player Bharat Biotech.
India’s leading direct selling FMCG company Amway too said that it will sponsor Covid vaccinations for all its employees and their families.
“We extended employee benefits to covering the expenses arising on account of Covid 19 treatment under the company’s existing employee mediclaim in addition to conducting a voluntary and optional Covid test camp and home collection for all employees and their families and all contractual staff. The company’s initiative to sponsor Covid 19 vaccine expenses has been launched to extend further support to our employees and aid the government’s efforts to combat and contain the pandemic that has affected us globally,” said Amway India CEO Anshu Budhraja.
The $1-billion home textile player Trident also said that it will provide free Covid vaccines to its 14,000 employees and to their family members. Its employees are spread across the country, particularly in Punjab, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh.