Karnataka Govt Orders Work From Home For All IT Firms, Employees For ‘Few More Months’
With about 9 months into the Covid-19 induced pandemic, the ‘Work from Home’ model has become a flavour of the season.
However, with news and expectations of a soon-to-be launched coronavirus vaccine in India, along with reducing cases of Covid detected per day, there have been anticipations of offices reopening soon, expectedly in the 1st quarter of 2021.
With Bangalore being the IT hub of the country, the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka CN Ashwath Narayan has made an important announcement in the Assembly on Thursday.
As per this, IT companies and software firms will have to continue practising the Work from Home model for more months to come, as the pandemic is not expected to cool down anytime soon.
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Centre & State Govts Demand to Continue WFH Longer
Even with expectancy of a possible Covid vaccine soon, offices shall not open for IT and IT-enabled organisations/companies any time soon.
The Central and state governments have extended and allowed all IT and ITes (IT enabled services) companies and their employees to work from home or continue remote working until the pandemic subsides, which means at least for some more months.
The Centre has also extended connectivity norms for work-from-home to IT and business processing outsourcing (BPO) firms till March 2021.
“Employees of IT or software firms in the state will be allowed to work from their home for more months, as the pandemic is expected to persist for some more time.
The government will not insist on IT firms to re-open their offices fully, as the state is not free from the pandemic though cases have been declining of late.”, says Narayan.