Sohan Roy, a Sharjah-based Indian businessman inspired by recent court order by Supreme Court of India, will be compensating wives of his employees for the commitment and work ethic shown during the pandemic.
Hailing from Kerala, Roy, the Founder & CEO of Aries Group of Companies, has been featured as one of the top influential leaders in Middle East 2017, released by Forbes Middle East.
According to UAE-based news website Khaleej Times, Roy’s company is currently creating a database of the spouses of male employees in the company. The monthly salary will be decided based on the number of years an employee worked with the company, the report said. The salary for the wives of the employees of the company will be rolled out soon.
It is payback time for the hard work of the employees and the support provided by their families, which has seen the company during the challenging and uncertain times of 2020, said the report citing Roy.
In 2012, Krishna Tirat, then Indian Minister of Child and Women Development Krishna Tirath had put forward the idea, wanting to give a “more socially empowered identity to housewives”.
Roy was inspired by the Indian Supreme Court’s order in an accident case where it noted that the value of a housewife’s work is no less than her employed husband. He took a leaf out of this and decided to recognise the support of his employees’ spouses during the tough time.
The company did not sack any of its employees or deduct their salaries during the period. And according to the report, the firm is already paying a pension to the parents of its staff employees who have completed three years of service. It also provides annual scholarships to children of the employees to study.
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