Shriram Housing Finance to provide free vaccination to customers

In an industry first, mortgage lender Shriram Housing Finance has decided to provide free vaccination to its 20,000 affordable housing customers. The company would roughly spend Rs 1000 per loan as vaccination cost and would cover two members in a family. It estimates to spend nearly Rs 2 crore to provide free vaccination to its customers.

The mortgage lender had earlier announced that it would bear the vaccination cost of its employees.

“Customers in the affordable housing space are not very well off and for them even the small sum to be incurred in vaccination through private players can become a big deterrent, this in turn can derail the vaccination drive,” said Ravi Subramanian, MD, Shriram Housing Finance. “We would be reaching out to all customers with details of this program.”

Several banks including State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank have said that they would bear the vaccination cost of employees.

State Bank of India has set up an internal task force to extend immediate assistance to its members.

A Quick Response Team (QRT) headed by a General Manager has been set up at Corporate Centre for monitoring the COVID position at the whole Bank level,” said Rana Ashutosh Kumar Singh, DMD (HR) & Corporate Development Officer, SBI. “Similar teams headed by Deputy General Managers have been set up in all 17 Circles for monitoring the COVID situation in their area and providing assistance to staff and their family members.”

HDFC Bank has converted its training centres in Pune, Bhubaneswar and Gurgaon into isolation centres to deal with Covid-19-related emergencies for employees with symptoms. The bank has also tied up with hotels across the country for rooms.

Some banks have started tying up with doctors who could guide employees in dealing with their Covid-19-related fears. About 1.5 million people are employed across Indian banks.

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