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TCS, Infosys, Wipro, other IT firms want work from home relaxations should be made permanent – Times Now

IT firms want WFH relaxations to be made permanent.

IT firms want WFH relaxations to be made permanent.  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspBCCL

New Delhi: The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted Indian information technology (IT) services companies such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies, Wipro, and Infosys to relax their norms to facilitate work from home (WFH), and probably adopt the model for a long term or forever in an effort to safeguard the interests of the technology industry.

The IT majors have reportedly sought easing of certain key guidelines, which allowed the industry to move lakhs of staff to WFH in March, when the Centre imposed a nationwide weeks-long lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus outbreak.

TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, WNS and Genpact, with offices operating from Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) have sought clarifications from regulatory authorities so that they could improve their operations and opt for a mixed model rapidly with workers operating from both home and office, as the coronavirus disease continues to display an exponential growth trend.

As per the industry estimates, it may not require up to 30-50 per cent of the real estate that it at present occupies if the rules are relaxed on a permanent basis. The issues flagged by the IT industry are under consideration, a government official aware of the development told ET.

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Late last month, in a communication to the ministries of commerce and electronics and IT, the software services industry lobby National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has sought guidance on whether WFH can be provided to employees forever by companies working from SEZs and STPI.

“IT (companies) can implement a blended work model, repurpose or give up excess real-estate only when they have certainty on long-term policy across SEZs, STPI and telecom,” the financial daily quoted Ashish Aggarwal, head of public policy at Nasscom, as saying.

Plus, the telecom department had eased rules for other service providers (OSP) that allowed the staff of back-office companies to render services from home. The lobby group for the infotech industry has asked that the exemption until July end, also be made permanent.



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