, Manu Sood, Hub CEO (Upper North) of Bharti Airtel, said, "We all are going through an unprecedented situation and with the
that got extended for the months of April and May, we have already seen a lot of impact on our business. This disruption also resulted in drop in business across many other sectors and categories in much worse ways."
He observed that the telecom industry
is acting as a facilitator in keeping the nation and its customers connected "during these tough times". Sood exuded confidence that things shall normalise soon and that the company will "spring back and win in the market place".
Airtel will be paying the basic salaries of over 30,000 employees of partners for May 2020, a move aimed at helping employees and families of channel partners tide over the impact of lockdown
that got extended till end of May.
"We understand that this extended lockdown has also reduced your returns during May, as it was for the month of April. In order to help you tide over this tough time, like in the month of April, we are extending a one-time support for the month of May as well," Sood said.
The company has, accordingly, urged the partners to pass the base monthly pay to all their staff for May.
"Further, as you have been informed earlier, all your Airtel Friends are covered under the Covid-19 medical insurance programme as a gesture of our gratitude towards them. Exact details of the support amount will be communicated to you by your retail head," he said.