New Delhi: Air India has announced a fixed amount of compensation for the kins of those Air India staff who died of COVID-19, but is tightlipped over the number. An internal circular said, “many employees of the company are getting COVID positive and some of the employees have also succumbed to the pandemic.” How many defines ‘some’? Air India spokesperson did not respond to PTI queries on how many employees have been infected and have died due to coronavirus.Also Read - Air India To Operate 24 Additional Domestic Flights On THESE Routes From 20 August. Check Deets

The circular comes at a time when the cash-strapped airline is embroiled in several controversies, including its decision to send some staff to compulsory leave without pay for five years. The airline has also opened its all offices from July 20 — without any special roster. Also Read - International Flights: Air India Announces Independence Day Special Offer. UAE-India Ticket Starts At Rs 7,151

“To safeguard the interests of the families, it has been decided to make an ad-hoc payment to the family or legal heir of employees, who die during the period of COVID-19,” the circular said. Also Read - Akasa Air to Launch Its First Commercial Flight On Mumbai-Ahmedabad Route Today

Families or legal heirs of permanent employees who die of COVID-19 will get Rs 10 lakh, the amount is Rs 5 lakh for fixed-term contract employees and Rs 90,000 for casual employees who worked continuously for one year.

If the worker was employed through a contractor or service provider, his or her family or legal heir will be paid an amount equivalent to the gross salary of two months, it said.

It stated that the ad-hoc payment circular will be applicable only for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic and shall be initially in force from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021, subject to review thereafter.

According to the unions, coronavirus has infected 55 Air India pilots.

(With PTI Inputs)