Automakers revamp measures to protect workforce amid COVID-19 surge

Amidst the tsunami of coronavirus cases in the Indian sub-continent, leading automobile companies have taken up various steps to secure their workforce from the highly contagious disease.

Reports suggest that companies like MG Motor, Maruti Suzuki, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India, and Hero MotoCorp have already announced a temporary halt of manufacturing operations at their respective production facilities to break the chain of infection spread.

Moreover, companies who are still manufacturing, are taking stringent precautionary measures like cutting down on the production by reducing the number of employees in the factories, along with undertaking various welfare schemes and agendas.

An official source close to Tata Motors mentioned that the company remains vigilant about the COVID situation and has accordingly scaled up its efforts to augment the well-being of its employees and business.

Besides, it was further reported that keeping employee safety in the first place, standard operating procedures have been updated for the current coronavirus second wave with the focus on escalating the vaccination drive, providing support to infected employees and their family members.

It was noted that Tata Motors’ medical teams have also begun the inoculation drive in the firm’s plants by partnering with local health authorities, for eligible employees.

Meanwhile, Mahindra & Mahindra has also been claimed to extend its support to employees to benefit from the nation-wide vaccination program.

Rajeshwar Tripathi, M&M Human Resources Officer for Automotive and Farm sectors, commented that the company is set to bear the cost of vaccination for its employees and their spouse, eligible as per the government guidelines. In order to facilitate on this priority, the firm has joined hands with hospitals at numerous locations.

It was reported that so far, more than 90% of the eligible workforce of M&M, above the age of 45 years, has been vaccinated.

Mr. Tripathi added that the organization has also established company maintained quarantine centers for its associates at hotspots like Pune and Mumbai. At these centers, M&M is offering complete medical assistance where required, in alliance with hospitals at all locations.

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