Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra
Two months after Best Deal TV temporarily suspended its services in a bid to recuperate from the effects of demonetisation, employees of the Shilpa Shetty Kundra and Raj Kundra owned-home shopping channel have alleged that their dues haven't been cleared.
Raj Kundra, who continues to be on the board of directors with a 63 per cent stake in the company along with Shilpa Shetty Kundra, had sent his resignation via email on December 15. "I would like to officially resign as CEO of Best Deal TV. All good things come to an end, I guess," he had written. Around the same time, the employees were intimated about the company's decision to impose a 50 per cent pay cut for November and December. Soon after the announcement, around 40 staffers of the 80-member team put in their papers.
An employee, on condition of anonymity, said, "Production was stopped on November 1, almost a week before the government's note ban announcement. How can demonetisation be the reason? We were paid for half of November but are yet to receive salaries for the remaining month-and-a-half. We've made several attempts to reach out to them, but haven't got a response. Most of us are jobless and barely managing to support our families."
Other employees echoed this sentiment.However, Hari Trivedi, COO, Best Deal TV, claims November salaries, and December payments of select workers, have been made. "If they are complaining about receiving only half the amount, it is wrong. We had communicated about the 50 per cent pay cut, which has been imposed across the board, in writing. The company has 90 days to make the full and final settlement. So technically, we have time till March 31 to clear outstanding dues," he said, adding that the company has yet to recover the laptops provided to some employees.
The shopping portal, which had discontinued advertisements and promotions soon after the suspension in December, has not kicked off services again.