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Include retail employees in list of ‘frontline workers’ for COVID vaccination: Ficci to govt

Industry chamber Ficci has written to theUnion Health Ministryseeking inclusion of retail industry staffers in the list of ‘frontline workers‘ for the COVID-19 vaccination drive. “The kirana community along withretail employeesshould be recognised as ‘frontline workers’ as they have been serving the nation tirelessly despite being the most vulnerable to the risk of infection.

“These frontline retail warriors should be prioritised in the initial phase of the vaccination rollout,” said Arvind Mediratta, chairperson, Ficci Retail and Internal Trade Committee and MD & CEO – METRO Cash & Carry India.

He said the industry leaders jointly deliberated on the need for intervention of the private sector in the vaccination programme and stressed upon prioritising retail employees as well as small retailers like mom and pop kirana shops.

The Indian retail and e-commerce industry employs around 40 million people. Those working across stores, distribution centres, warehouses and throughout the retail ecosystem are particularly at highest risk from the devastating impact of the pandemic, Ficci said in the letter to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

“It is of critical importance therefore, that the retail industry should be included in the list of ‘frontline workers’ and among the early recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine,” the chamber said.(Catch all the Business News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on The Economic Times.)

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