A bank teller in India recovering from the coronavirus disease that ravaged his country was reportedly denied vacation and had to come to work while plugged into an oxygen tank.
Arvind Kumar works as a manager at a Bokaro branch of the Punjab National Bank in Jharkhand state and recently showed up at his workplace with an oxygen mask over his face and an oxygen tube. In a video that has since gone viral, the middle-aged man is heard saying that he was denied leave by his seniors and had to come to work even though he was recovering from a life-threatening condition. The video of Kumar leaning on his wife and son pulling the oxygen tube has been around for over a week and sparked controversy on social media.
“Doctors said it would take me three months to fully recover because the infection spread to my lungs. Why am I being harassed? ”Arvind Kumar reportedly told Livehindustan.
The bizarre incident allegedly took place on Tuesday, May 25th, at Sector 4 Punjab National Bank in Bokaro. As you can imagine, the Indian bank is grappling with a wave of criticism and outrage at a very critical time as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate India. The financial institution quickly counter-attacked, however, accusing Kumar of orchestrating the whole thing.
According to a press release from the PNB Bokaro Circle Office, Arvind Kumar staged the whole drama to defame both bank officials and the bank. Apparently the employee filed his resignation, but it was denied due to a non-performing asset investigation (NPA) pending against him.
The employee of the Bokaro Punjab National Bank, Arvind Kumar, was infected with Corona a few days ago. After he recovered, he was given oxygen at home from pneumonia. Even after he has been given oxygen, he is called to the bank. pic.twitter.com/cVMnxKe7rb
– Haribansh Sharma (@ Hariban84424968) May 26, 2021
“It is wrong to assume that he was asked by his superiors to report to duty despite his status as a recovering COVID patient. Paid vacation is granted to all eligible employees who become infected with the virus in the interests of these employees as well as other employees at risk. Therefore, it is unfounded to suggest that he was forced to show up for duty, ”the press release said.
Livehindustan reported that Kumar’s family insisted that the bank threatened to deduct his salary if he did not come to work, forcing him to show up with oxygen assistance, but said nothing about investigating his activities at the bank.