Infosys Founder Narayana Murthy Asks Indians To Work 60 Hours/Week: This Is How Twitter Users Reacted
Currently, everyone worried about the economic impact of the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, the Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy shared his thoughts on the same in an interview with ET Now.
While talking on the subject, he said that Indians would have to learn to live with coronavirus for the next 12-18 months.
Further, the companies will need to take precautions, and overall, Indians would have to put in more work and more hours to put the economy on a track again.
Which Precautions Companies Can Take?
While talking about the companies, Mr. Murthy said that the factors he would consider to open up factories would be based on data on who is most vulnerable to the virus.
According to him, the companies should find out how they can best protect their employees – by providing personal protection gear like gowns, gloves, masks and goggles – and what will be the cost of this.
Further, he suggested “We could operate three shifts in one or two shift companies to improve social distancing.
Also, we could use gowns, masks, gloves, goggles for low-risk employees to attend factories.
Mr. Murthy said, “I would have made an analysis and said, let the less vulnerable work with protective gear and let elderly people work from home or from their own offices,”.
He added, “Let data lead us to the decisions, we should not rely on opinions,”.
What Did He Suggest To Improve The Indian Economy?
While talking about the economy, Murthy said that to pull the Indian economy out of the slump that has resulted from the COVID-19 lockdown, Indians should vow to work longer and harder.
Mr. Murthy said, “We should take a pledge that we will work ten hours a day, six days a week – as against 40 hours a week – for the next 2-3 years so that we can fast-track and grow the economy much faster. On the side of the government, they should appoint a committee of well-respected and accomplished people to advise them on how to remove hassles for these businesses, like during the economic reforms of 1991. If we did these two, by and large, we will come out of this much stronger,”.
Angry Twitter Reactions
The suggestions by Mr. Narayana Murthy didn’t go that well with most of the Twitter users.
Here are some interesting reactions:
I think, he is not aware or just ignoring the ground reality,— NewAgeIndian (@TheNewAgeIndian) May 1, 2020
Over 70% of people work in unorganised sectors, and they work over 60 hours a week, without PF and social security.
I am not even counting people who work as a farm labour or rickshaw pullers. https://t.co/irvaXCrVTC
#narayanamurthy should be ashamed of giving a thought of Indians working for 60 hours a week.. where IT people are already stressed out with 45 hours/week and he forgot the suicides which happen in his own company. #ShameOnYou #infosys— Who_Cares (@FaiZe_shaikh) May 1, 2020
Pay us for 60 hours the economy will automatically revive ? https://t.co/Vx1GbfHfr3— Harini Calamur (#StayHome) (@calamur) April 30, 2020
Maybe rich CEOs and Chairmans should work 75 hours a week. So that they can pay their employees for 60.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) April 30, 2020
#Narayanamurthy should pay 60% extra tax for next 3 years to revive the economy. And also stop exploitation of workers. Bloody capitalist— Roberto Carlos (@UP_Bihar) April 30, 2020
I have a better solution Murthy.— Advaid (???????) (@Advaidism) April 30, 2020
India's top 63 billionaires have more wealth than the 2019 Union Budget. And India's top 1% owns 58% of India's wealth.
Let's redistribute their wealth to revive economy. 99% wins and loss for just 1%. You are part of that 1%. https://t.co/Vbp6RihB0S
Why is #Narayanamurthy taking like a GDP economist?— Dinesh Mahapatra (@DineshM90) May 1, 2020
There are many kinds of tech-billionaires. Cautionary Bill Gates type, Foolhardy Elon Musk type, and Indian penny pinching, rent-seeking Murthy type.