ABU DHABI — A private hospital group in Abu Dhabi has provided substantial support to the relatives of the victims of the Air India plane crash in Mangalore in May this year.
In a public gathering at the Kozhikode town hall in Kerala on Wednesday, family members of the victims received educational assistance and job offers from the Lifeline Hospital Group.
“We’ve given 24 job offers for the first phase and eight children received educational assistance of Rs100,000 (Dh8,000) each,” Dr Shajir Gaffar, corporate relations manager at the Lifeline Hospital Group, told Khaleej Times from India.
Earlier, the group had pledged to offer 50 jobs to relatives of the victims and one million Indian rupees (Dh78,000) in assistance.
The aid was given following a survey undertaken by a Malayalam daily, commissioned by the hospital to determine the socio-economic background of the families.
Based on the findings about the needs and the educational qualification of the relatives, the group offered employment to the selected relatives, which included jobs in accounts and billing, customer care, reception and as messengers.
“We have contacted many. We have gone to each and every house of the victims in Kerala… We really worked hard on this, we just finished the first phase (and) we are keen to keep our promise on the offer,” said Dr Gaffar.
He added that the first of the group’s new employees will be arriving to the emirate this week.
Lifeline Hospital Group currently operates two facilities in Abu Dhabi. By the end of 2010 or early 2011, the group will open up two more hospitals in the capital including a major downtown facility. It will also expand its operations to Oman with the opening of two hospitals.
The Mangalore plane crash, which killed 158 passengers, is India’s worst in a decade. Only eight passengers survived the air disaster.