Jeff Bezos' $25 million Amazon relief fund is now available for India delivery partners

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. On Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, Bezos said that he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change.Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Amazon top boss Jeff Bezos had set up a $25 million relief fund for its delivery partners who have been impacted due to Covid-19.
  • Now, Amazon said that the fund will be available for its Indian delivery partners as well.
  • As e-commerce is listed under essential services, Amazon has been continuing work by delivering essential supplies even during the nationwide lockdown.
Last month, Amazon top boss Jeff Bezos set up a $25 million relief fund for its delivery partners impacted by Covid-19. Now, Amazon has announced that the fund is available for its Indian delivery partners as well.

Amazon said that the fund has been extended to associates part of the delivery service partner programme, Amazon Flex and it’s trucking partners providing middle-mile logistics.

“In these unprecedented times, the health and safety of all our partners and associates in India continues to be our top priority as we face the challenges associated with COVID-19. The Amazon Relief Fund is one such step to extend financial support to thousands of associates in the event any of them are quarantined or diagnosed with COVID-19” said Akhil Saxena, VP, customer fulfilment operations, APAC & Emerging Markets, Amazon.

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The fund can be used by those who test positive for Covid-19. Amazon’s delivery agents are also provided with medical insurance.

As e-commerce is listed under essential services, Amazon has been delivering essential supplies even during the nationwide lockdown.

On the first day of lockdown, delivery agents across the country were hassled by the police. Some were even arrested. Because of the issues, Flipkart, Milkbasket, Bigbasket, Grofers had all temporarily suspended services. However, as the matter is now resolved, Amazon is currently only taking orders for essential products via pre-paid payment.

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