Pune, Apr 19: Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's repeated requests to private organisations to not to terminate their employees, a US-based travel company -- Fareportal -- having offices in Pune and Gurgaon has sacked nearly 800 employees across India, since the countrywide lockdown was enforced to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.
"The company has asked its employees to resign within 2 hours or the organisation will terminate everyone", sources told UNI. Since March 24, the company has terminated jobs of about 800 employees. According to sources, out of 650 employees working at Fareportal office on the 4th floor of Lunkad Tech Park in Viman Nagar, 200 have already lost their jobs while 100 more are staring at their termination.
"On 29th of March my company terminated around 200 employees without any reason. Even on their termination letter there is no reason mentioned. Now they are planning to terminate 100 more people by end of this month," said many employees of Fareportal. Company's senior employee while speaking to UNI said that all the employees were sacked on almost the same day.
"They are from all the departments majorly from the operations. Even managers, assistant managers and team leaders were fired without giving any reason," the employee said. "There was no warning. First, they told us that there will be no appraisal because of the coronavirus situation. Then on March 29 they suddenly fired people from jobs", another employee informed.
Maharashtra government, too, on March 21 had asked the private and public establishments in the state not to terminate the services of its employees even if they go on leave in view of the coronavirus outbreak (UNI)