The department of telecom(DoT) India has extended the work-from-home exemption given to the IT & ITeS industry till December 31 of this year. Indian IT professionals would be allowed to WFH until the year-end.
Based on the previous announcement, the exemption was supposed to expire at the end of July; however, now Work-from-home extended till December 31, 2020.
Here is the Tweet from DoT India:
DoT has further extended the relaxations in the Terms and Conditions for Other Service Providers (OSPs) upto 31st December 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the on going concern due to #COVID19.
— DoT India (@DoT_India) July 21, 2020
What is this exemption given to IT & ITeS and getting extended?
The government gave three primary relaxations to IT & ITeS Industry:
- As per DoT rules, Other Service Providers (OSPs) required to make a security deposit of Rs 1 crore for each office if its employees need to work-from-home (WFH). Most of the BPO, KPO, Tele based companies come into this category. The Department of Telecom had waived off this requirement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Allowed a large number of employees to use a secured VPN (a virtual private network) configured using the local router and static IP.
- Relaxed requirements where IT & ITeS companies to seek prior permission for WFH for a large number of employees.
How does it help IT employees, IT professionals, and ITeS employees?
This relaxation from Govt directly impacts the Indian IT Professionals and Software Engineers as they can work from home until December 31, 2020.
It is excellent news for IT professionals, Software Engineer, and BPO/KPO employees because the government is relaxing many rules so that IT & ITeS companies can allow its employees Work-from-home (WFH) facility.
Can my company still ask me to return to work/office?
Unfortunately, we have heard many reports where IT & ITeS companies, including leading Indian Software companies, are asking employees to return to work due to the nature of the job or the client requirements.
As per IT companies, there are specific jobs with a higher risk, and work from home is not allowed depending upon the nature of the project or client requirements.
Indian IT Blog always supports a safe and inclusive environment for Indian IT Professionals.
Rishad Premji, chairman of Wipro, was the first to comment on the DoT’s official news thanking the government for their tremendous support.
According to the TOI report, since March, India’s IT industry has moved over 90% of its 4.3 million workforce to work remotely due to the Covid-19 imposed lockdown.
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