RAI expressed that the hard work, struggles and risk of retail frontline workers must also be appreciated along with the frontline workers of the medical and the law enforcement staff.
Appreciating the pace of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive and the efforts of the Government of India, Retailers Association of India (RAI) has appealed to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to consider prioritising vaccination for the frontline retail workers that face hundreds of people in the course of dispensing their duties and run the risk of getting infected.
In a submission to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, RAI expressed that the hard work, struggles, and risk of retail frontline workers must also be appreciated along with the frontline workers of the medical and the law enforcement staff. Just as the healthcare staff, front-end employees of retail stores have risked their lives to serve citizens during the peak of the pandemic by keeping their stores open ensuring that citizens had access to essential items. They are continuing the relentless effort even today.
Kumar Rajagopalan, CEO, Retailers Association of India said “It is known that the Indian Retail industry employs about 46 million people, which sustains the livelihood of 250 million Indians. These includes individuals engaged in the supply, retail and delivery of products across all channels of retail. An opportunity of getting vaccinated should be given to all those Employees/Salesperson of the Retail Stores who continue to serve the general public every day. This will not only benefit the retail industry but also benefit the public at large who continue to rely on the frontline retail workers for their daily needs.”