Coronavirus Pandemic

Dubai company gives up vacation pay to aid India's Covid-19 crisis

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on May 20, 2021
AFP photo used for illustrative purpose

Management decided to donate leave salary to provide medical care

The senior management team of a Dubai-based retail company has given up home-leave pay to aid the Covid-19 crisis in India.

The top managerial team of Apparel Group, including general managers, vice-presidents, and CXOs of the company, donated their annual leave pay towards providing medical supplies as a relief to those suffering from the contagion in India.

The group management decided to support the less fortunate in India by supplying medical care through trusted charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Delhi, Maharashtra, the group's spokesperson told Khaleej Times.

The management team purchased much-needed oxygen concentrators and cylinders from suppliers in China and Turkey. “They were sent to various parts of India and purpose-built facilities that were treating Covid-19 patients,” he added.

India has the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 cases. The second wave of cases is overwhelming India’s hospitals, burial grounds, crematoria, and cemeteries, particularly in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

“A majority of our senior management team is from India and the second wave has impacted almost every Indian living in the UAE in some form or the other. While being here and realising that people back home do not have access to oxygen is difficult to accept,” the company spokesperson said. “We'll not be going for our annual home leaves this year."

The team members jumped into action as soon as the second lethal scourge was reported in mid-April. “The first batch of medical supplies was sent in the third week of April, which reached India on May 10,” he added. Dha


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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