Walmart announced plans to pay its pharmacy technicians in India a fixed monthly rate of about Rs1,000, as the retail giant seeks to improve its reputation among Indian shoppers.
The move was welcomed by Indian consumers, who feel that the average pay is not sufficient.
Walmart will pay the hourly rate to all its staff of about 250, and it is based on their previous experience in the country, the company said in a statement on Monday.
It will be announced later on Monday, it added.
The plan comes amid a string of controversies over pay at the world’s largest retailer.
Last month, the country’s largest pharmacy chain said it was introducing a fixed pay system for its 1,000-plus pharmacists, and a similar move has been in the works since June.
Walmart has been criticized for its slow response to the rising cost of medicine in India.
The US company is now the only major retailer in India to pay for its pharmacy services at a fixed rate of $500 per month, which it said will help improve the service for its Indian staff.
The price increase comes as the number of Indian pharmacies is expected to grow by more than 50 percent in the next five years, according to the Indian Pharmacy Association.
The country’s healthcare system is struggling to cope with the rising costs of medicines, and Walmart is a major player in the sector.