Make Mobile, Laptops, Routers As Essential Items, How Else Will Work From Home Model Work? Asks Nasscom

Make Mobile, Laptops, Routers As Essential Items, How Else Will Work From Home Model Work? Asks Nasscom
Make Mobile, Laptops, Routers As Essential Items, How Else Will Work From Home Model Work? Asks Nasscom

Industry body Nasscom has asked the Government to allow electronic products to be included in the list of essential goods and services that are allowed to be delivered to the public. 

All the major IT companies, including TCS, HCL, and others have asked their employees to continue carrying out their tasks from the safety of their homes, as traveling to workplaces and socializing will increase the spreading of the dangerous Coronavirus disease.

Find out all the details about Nasscom’s proposal right here!

Nasscom Urges Government To Expand List Of Essentials To Include Laptops, Routers 

Almost all of the workforce of IT organizations is carrying out their work from home. But what happens if a laptop stops working? Or the charging cable fails to charge the battery? There is a huge probability of technical complications arising, which hinders the work efficiency. 

Keeping this in mind, The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) has urged the Government to expand the list of essential items to include products like laptops and routers in order to continue working from home.

Nasscom also tweeted about the request, saying that most of us are working or learning from home and due to this, the access to basic equipment is absolutely essential. It urged the Government to consider basic requirements such as office chairs, routers, laptops or desktops, etc. as essentials for e-commerce deliveries.

Nasscom Asked For IT Organizations To Bring Back Employees To Their Workplaces 

Previously, Nasscom had also asked IT companies to bring back their employees to the workplaces in a phased manner. The phases would start with 15-20 percent of the workforce coming back to work. The government, when it extended the lockdown, had in fact allowed IT and IT enabled services to bring back as much as 50 percent of the employees. 

E-commerce players such as Paytm Mall, Shopclues have also seconded the request for allowing the electronic products to be included in the essentials list. 

Paytm Mall Senior Vice-President Srinivas Mothey said, “Laptops, mobile phones, and accessories, computer hardware, webcams, all these things should be allowed to be part of essential goods. If the lockdown continues, lack of proper technical support would hinder the efficiency of employees which in turn would affect a company’s operations.”

The government recently gave the go-ahead to deliver non-essential items such as electronic goods and readymade garments. However, the government also prohibited all non-essential items during the lockdown period that will continue until May 3. 

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