A Gulf firm has fired a man from Kerala after he made insensitive comments on a social media post on the plight of the flood-hit victims in the state. The company, Lulu Group International, dismissed Rahul Cheru Palayattu, who worked as a cashier at the company’s branch in Oman after he mocked the sanitation requirements of the flood victims in Kerala on Facebook, Dubai-based Khaleej Times reported.
The termination letter by the firm’s Human Resource Manager, Nasr Mubarak Salem Al Maawali, read, "This is to inform that we have terminated your service with immediate effect because of your highly insensitive and derogatory comments on social media with regard to current flood situation in Kerala, India."
It further read, "You are hereby instructed to handover all your official responsibilities to your reporting Manager immediately and to contact the Accounts Department for your final settlement."
After being sacked over his remark, Rahul apologised by posting a video on Facebook on Sunday. He said, "I am really sorry for what I did. I was in an inebriated state when I posted that message. At that time, I did not know what I did was a grave mistake."
Releasing a statement in this regard, Chief Communications Officer (CCO) of Lulu group V Nandakumar said, "We took immediate steps to terminate his services and send out a very loud and clear message to the society about our stance in such issues. We as an organization have always stood for humanitarian values and highest ethical practices."
Indian billionaire and owner of Lulu group, MA Yusuff Ali, who also hails from Kerala, donated 9.23 million UAE dirhams for relief operations in the flood-hit state. Extending their support to the people affected by flash floods in Kerala, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government on Saturday formed a committee to provide relief to the southern state.
Kerala has been facing its worst flooding in a century, with more than 200 people losing their lives. The state has suffered a loss of Rs. 19,512 crore due to the deluge, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. As the massive floods, caused due to torrential rains, wreaked havoc, the central government and Chief Ministers of various states have come forward to support Kerala and offered financial aid to the southern state.