New Delhi: In a recent report, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced news for the employees of IT and BPO companies who work from home. The work from home norms which was supposed to end on April 30 is decided to continue till July.
Tuesday, Ravi Shankar Prasad in a report said, ” I have extended it to July 31.” Earlier in March, seeing to the situations in the country the DoT has decided to facilitate work from home to the IT and BPO companies. Moreover, relaxations in the OSP norms for WFH employees were already there. It was for those working in IT and IT-enabled services companies.
They were exempted from making security deposit and agreement for the WFH facility. Furthermore, the previous norms did not allow the connection of office VPN to home infrastructure. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, relaxation in these norms was given.
The situation in the country amid coronavirus pandemic is alarming. In view of this, the government took the decision to extend the timelines. Moreover, it will give more time to the companies for making a strategy post timeline.
90 percent of the IT workforce works from home at present. They are performing all the vital functions of the offices from their homes. After this announcement, it seems that they have to work from home for some more time.
The decision was made in a meeting attended by a few state’s CM. It includes the CM of Haryana and Sikkim whereas deputy CM of UP, Karnataka, and Bihar took part in the meeting. Furthermore, in charge of the IT department of these states were also part of this meeting.
Additionally, in the meeting, the IT Minister talked about keeping an eye on the spread of fake news. If any company spread or supports the spread of fake news then they will have to meet with consequences both at the state and Centre levels.
Also, he said imports from China will undergo a stringent security check. He also said we are not against any country but proper security audit and verification will be there for the products especially those coming from China.
With this statement, the minister also emphasizes on promoting manufacturing in electronics. There will be three schemes for attracting investment in this sector. These are Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components, Electronics Manufacturing Clusters, and Production Linked Incentive 2.0.