“We have already lost more than 1000 colleagues”, S. Nagarajan, secretary general of the The Indian Bank Agents Association told Bloomberg News by telephone on Saturday. “Bank workers are frontline workers and the virus is affecting them.”
With more than 24 million people sick in India and more than 266,200 dead amid the world’s fastest growing epidemic, most states in India are stranded with strict stay-at-home orders. But the banking sector is designated as an essential service and partially exempt from foreclosure orders. Lenders are allowed in some cases to call up to 50% of their staff at bank branches to avoid disruption to banking services.
CH Venkatachalam, Secretary General of Bank Employees Association of India – the largest group of bank employees – told moneycontrol.com that 1,200 employees had died from the virus. “Not all banks are willing to share details and compensation policies for the families of those who have died from this virus,” Venkatachalam said.
Venkatachalam was not immediately available to Bloomberg for comment.
Friday, the Press Trust of India reported that Debasish Panda, a senior federal government official, has written to state authorities urging them to prioritize the vaccination of bank and insurance workers against Covid.
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India, which faces a severe vaccine shortage, has administered more than 180 million vaccines against Covid to date. At this rate, it will take 2.5 years to cover 75% of the population with a two-dose vaccine, according to Bloomberg. vaccine tracker.