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Byju Raveendran Pledges Homes to Cover Employee Salaries

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New Delhi : Byju Raveendran, an Edtech major, reportedly pledged his house and the homes of his family members in order to raise money for paying employees during a financial crunch.

Two Bengaluru residences owned by Raveendran’s family and his unfinished city villa were offered as collateral for a $12 million loan intended to cover employee salaries, according to Bloomberg, which cited sources.

“The startup used the funds to pay salaries to 15,000 employees in Byju’s parent firm, Think & Learn Pvt Ltd,” said the report.

According to the report, citing sources, Raveendran, once worth almost $5 billion, has raised debts of about $400 million on a personal level, pledging all his shares in the parent company.

Meanwhile, Byju’s paid pending salaries of some of its employees on Monday after a “technical glitch” hampered the payment of some 1,000 workers.

The company paid salaries to the remaining employees on Monday.

When reached, Byju’s did not officially comment.

In an earlier statement, the company had said it was working to resolve the issue and pay the remaining employees. “We have noticed a delay in processing salary for some limited employees (less than 5 per cent) due to an unexpected technical glitch. The issue is being rectified over the weekend and payment will be processed by Monday,” said a Byju’s spokesperson.

The salary delay for about 1,000 employees appears to have affected people across levels. However, employees affiliated with Akash Institute have not been impacted.

 

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