MUMBAI: India’s largest two wheeler maker, Hero MotoCorp has decided to stop operations in all facilities including in India, Colombia and Bangladesh – and the Global Parts Centre (GPC) at Neemrana with immediate effect until March 31, 2020 in view of the escalating COVID-19 virus situation to safeguard wellbeing of its employees.

Employees at all the other functions and locations including the Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT) in Jaipur in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan will continue to work from home, except for those whose physical presence is necessary to run the day-to-day essential services, the company said in a statement shared with stock exchanges early Sunday morning.

Chairman of Hero MotoCorp, Dr. Pawan Munjal, through two Digital Town Hall meetings held in quick succession last week, has already conveyed the organisation’s commitment to stand by the employees despite the severe disruptions caused by the ongoing situation.

The Task Force set-up by the Chairman is constantly monitoring the developments through regular video conferencing and tele-meetings to ensure that safety and business-continuity plans are up-to-date and effective.

“Hero MotoCorp is hopeful and confident that our global society will emerge stronger and wiser from this unprecedented calamity. The Company wishes good health to everyone and is empathetic towards those suffering from this situation,” added the statement.

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