Marathi newspaper publisher Lokmat Media has announced that it will provide a special assistance of Rs 10 lakh to the families of any of their employees who have died due to Covid-19.
“We at Lokmat have announced up to Rs 10 lakh to the families of Lokmat employees who passed away due to Covid. We are not just a business group but a family. It’s important that during these times, all organisations stand by their staff family,” wrote Rishi Darda, Joint Managing Director and Editorial Director, Lokmat Media Pvt Ltd, while announcing the decision on LinkedIn.
The assistance will be rolled out retrospectively so that families of employees who have already lost their lives are covered.
“We have also lost some key members of the Lokmat family to Covid-19. While such losses are irreplaceable, the tragedy is further compounded when an immediate family loses an earning member and goes through financial difficulties. In such circumstances, it is very important that we support the family as much as possible so that they get time to grieve, come to terms with the terrible tragedy and try to rebuild their lives,” wrote Karan Darda, Executive Director and Editorial Director, in a letter shared on LinkedIn.
Lokmat will also assign a senior employee to counsel, guide and support dependent family members of the departed employees for a period of two years. These initiatives will be rolled out under Lokmat CARES (Covid Assistance Relief & Support).