Coronavirus: Nasscom urges Govt to allow techies to work from home

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The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has asked the government to relax norms for a month to allow work-from-home for technology and backoffice employees as a measure to deal with the spread of Covid-19 virus in India.

BENGALURU: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has asked the government to relax norms for a month to allow work-from-home for technology and backoffice employees as a measure to deal with the spread of Covid-19 virus in India. It has written a letter to the government saying that disruptions could lead to compliance challenges as Indian IT and BPO firms provide mission critical services for global clients.

The industry body will host emergency meetings this week to determine the industry’s preparedness to deal with fallout of the pandemic, which has affected business and travel. India currently has under 30 cases.

The letter, which was sent on Wednesday to the department of telecom secretary Ashu Prakash, said that the telecom regulatory authority of India (Trai) had recommended to remove restrictions around Work from Home last year after a consultation process. The letter requests the government’s “urgent intervention” to waive-off the conditions as an “emergency” measure for a month post which the government may take a call on it depending on the public health situation at that time.

Genpact, one of the largest business process management companies, already flagged it as a significant risk, ET reported previously. “Nasscom is also representing to the government to allow flexibility in specific policies for SEZ/STPI units that restrict work from home. This is critical for companies to ensure business continuity,” the industry body said in a statement to ET.

 

 

 

 

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