‘Only essential staff should come to IT-BT offices’
Karnataka DyCM Dr. Ashwath Narayana has directed all IT-BT firms to allow their staff to work from home, except for essential services.
On Friday, in a video conference with heads of these companies, he explained the government’s stand in the matter and also sought advice from them. Chris Gopalakrishna, Chairman of the IT Vision Group, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of the of BT Vision Group, NASSCOM Chairperson Debajani Ghosh and other IT leaders attended the video conference.
“Earlier it was suggested that IT-BT and start-up employees should be allowed to work from home. However, there have been complaints that this has not been implemented. IT workers may come to the office to provide essential services such as government work, healthcare and banking. Some services have a mandate to maintain privacy. Others should be allowed to work from home,” Dr. Ashwath Narayana said.
“Broadband, internet, electrical power are a problem when working at home. In addition, many young employees are struggling to get proper food to survive. Coordination will be done with Bescom and telecom providers,” he said.