Bajaj Auto has quashed rumours that its Waluj plant in Maharashra’s Aurangabad district has been shut down due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.
Bajaj Auto’s Chief Human Resources Officer Ravi Kyran Ramasamy has said “We have more than 8,100 employees and contractors employed in our Waluj plant. Our current incidence of 140 cases of Covid is less than 2% of our strength. Two of our infected employees with underlying conditions of hypertension and diabetes have unfortunately succumbed to the infection.”
Bajaj Auto has informed workers that the plant operations excluding exports, despatch and spares division, would not be operational on Saturday followed by the weekly off on Sunday and that the plant would be resuming normal operations on Monday.
The Aurangabad plant had resumed operations from the third week of April 2020 after the lockdown was eased here and was running two shifts.
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In a statement Bajaj Auto said “We had our first reported case on June 6. We have immediately taken all necessary measures for testing, contact tracing, self-isolation and complete sanitation as per protocol. All incidences were reported to the appropriate authorities.”
All the workers were administered the homeopathy medicines by the company management as preventive care against the virus. Workers were given two rounds of this medication. Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj had been strongly advocating opening up of industry and resuming economic activity by getting young people back to work. He had called the lockdown to contain the outbreak in India as draconian and responsible for decimation of the economy.