Online food delivery platform Swiggy has put in place under
Swiggy Suraksha a host of measures, including nutrition care support, hospitalisation cover of up to Rs 1.5 lakh, and life insurance coverage of up to Rs 5 lakh to support its 150,000 delivery partners.
Payment platform PhonePe said in a blog post that it would offer an allowance of up to Rs 2 lakh to manage Covid-19 related expenses of employees. This does not have to be repaid. PhonePe will also allow the complete sale of employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) shares held by staff in case of death.
“With Swiggy Suraksha, we are making sure that our delivery heroes also have the necessary support including a 24X7 hotline for medical emergencies, access to doctors for themselves and their families, income support, free access to vaccines, hospitalisation cover for themselves and their families if affected by Covid-19,” said Chief Operating Officer Vivek Sunder. “We have a great responsibility towards our partners and consider this program as a milestone in our journey to do better for them every day.”
The program has already helped delivery partners, their friends and family in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Noida, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanpur, Jaipur and Pune with oxygen cylinders, oxygen beds, ambulance facilities, and covid medicines.
“As we undergo a tougher second wave, our delivery partners continue to support the community by ensuring they have access to food, grocery, medicines and other essentials without leaving their homes,” Sunder said.
Rival Zomato has also added a life insurance cover against Covid-19 for its delivery partners. “We also continue to provide daily essentials to our partners in cities which are not operational due to lockdown and run an online pathshala (school) for the kids of our delivery partners in India,” a Zomato spokesperson said.
PhonePe also announced other benefits, including 50% base salary payable monthly for two years in case of an employee’s death and job assistance for next of kin, and employee insurance for a minimum of Rs 3 lakh.
In the last two months, startups including Paytm, Urban Company and Byju’s have launched several initiatives to help employees as well as their immediate families cope with medical emergencies, financial upheaval due to untimely deaths, and for vaccination against Covid-19, amid the second wave of the pandemic.