Udayavni Special

Easier ‘work from home’ connectivity norms for IT, BPO firms extended till Jul 31


PTI, Apr 29, 2020, 8:19 AM IST

New Delhi: The government has decided to extend the relaxed connectivity norms for ‘work from home’, applicable on IT and BPO companies, till July 31 from the current April 30, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Industry body Nasscom said that the decision to extend the timelines on relaxed norms for other service providers (OSPs) to facilitate ‘work from home’ will help IT and BPO firms plan their strategy of bringing back workforce to offices, in a gradual and phased manner.

Earlier on Tuesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters, “I have relaxed norms for working from home…it was to end on April 30, I have extended it to July 31”.

In March, the DoT relaxed certain norms for OSPs till April 30 to facilitate work from home (WFH) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This included exemptions in requirement of the security deposit and agreement for WFH facility for OSPs (primarily IT and IT-enabled services companies). Earlier, companies were not allowed to connect office Virtual Private Network to home infrastructure, a rule that was subsequently relaxed in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Given that work-from-home is going to be a new normal for some time, the decision to extend timelines is a welcome move. It will help companies plan their return-to-office strategy in a phased manner. Now that the deadline is being extended to July, companies too can plan their workforce returning to the office, in the same way,” Nasscom Senior Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer Sangeeta Gupta told PTI.

Currently, over 90 per cent of the IT workforce is working from home and only those performing critical functions are going to offices.

Meanwhile, during his interaction with states to discuss COVID-19 challenges, tech innovations and roadmap for the IT and electronics sector, Prasad also urged states’ IT ministers to move swiftly and promote electronics manufacturing through pro-investment initiatives, to tap a “great opportunity” that now beckons India, in view of changing business dynamics due to COVID-19.

The minister also directed that data from Aarogya Setu app should be made available online to the states right up-to district officials, in line with suggestions made by states. Prasad said states have been highly-appreciative of Aarogya Setu app, and that a similar solution for feature phones is in the works, and will be launched shortly.

The meeting was attended by chief ministers of Haryana and Sikkim, deputy chief ministers of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, who are also in charge of the IT department in their respective states, an official release said.

Later while speaking to reporters, Prasad said his ministry is constantly monitoring the spread of fake news on social media platforms and that companies have told the government of strong progress they have made in removing such content. He cautioned that any inaction by companies in clamping down on fake news would be met with consequences at the Centre and state levels, as well as a police action.

The minister said products coming from any country, particularly China, should be subject to stringent security audit and verification.

“One thing is clear… we are not against any country, we are only pro-India, we are committed to India and will take measures to create opportunities for India. As regards security initiative…any product coming from any country, particularly China, we expect proper security audit and verification,” Prasad said replying to a specific query on India’s stance on Chinese products.

The minister also underlined the government’s commitment to promote electronics manufacturing, in a big way.

“A great opportunity beckons India, and we already have policies in place. This is India’s opportunity, where the Centre and States Government should move together. I have urged state IT ministers that they should also undertake pro-investment initiatives,” he said.

The minister noted that three schemes — Production Linked Incentive 2.0, Electronics Manufacturing Clusters, and Scheme for Promotion of Manufacturing of Electronic Components and Semiconductors (SPECS) — have been notified by the Centre in order to attract investments in the electronics manufacturing sector, and appealed to states to supplement these with their schemes.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Pakistan fails to nab 19 most wanted LeT terrorists even 12 years after 26/11 attack

Speculation rife in Karnataka as CM convenes meeting of cabinet, MPs

Farmers’ protest: Vigil stepped up in Delhi’s bordering areas, vehicles being checked

Khattar hits out at Amarinder, tells him to stop ‘inciting’ innocent farmers

PM Modi to visit Serum Institute of India in Pune on Saturday

Militant attack in J&K, two security personnel killed

WhatsApp OTP scam: What is it and how to stay safe?



Related Articles More

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1630 new cases, 1333 discharges, 19 deaths on Nov 24

PM has indicated COVID vaccine likely to be ready soon: Yediyurappa

K’taka COVID-19 update: 1870 new cases, 1949 discharges, 17 deaths on Nov 23

Thanksgiving could be make-or-break in US virus response

COVID-19 vaccine: India Aatmanirbhar for syringes, says industry

MUST WATCH

Madhavashankara name for Mangalore airport: Shri Sugunendra Tirtha Swamiji

Centuries-old Tuluva ritual of ‘Bhoomipuje Gaddekori’ still performed at Palthadi Village in Puttur

A bike rider dies in a lorry crash : The scene of the accident was captured on CCTV

Moodbidri: Four people drowned in Shambhavi river

1348 new vented dams in K’taka’s coastal districts: J.C. Madhu Swamy

Latest Additions

Chinese Premier Li to Attend SCO Heads of Govt Meeting Hosted by India on November 30

Phone Call Row: RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Shifted from Hospital Director’s Bungalow to Paying Ward

India, Nepal Agree to Advance Ties as Foreign Secretary Meets Nepalese Top Leadership

Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Cremated With Full State Honours in Guwahati

UP govt extends ban on strikes in state departments for 6 months

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.