Indiabulls Consumer Finance transfers employees from Bareilly to Erode; expects them to join in a week

Employees allege this is a strategy to force them to resign.

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Rocket Singh (name changed), a sales professional with Indiabulls Consumer Finance’s Bareilly branch, received a mail from the HR department on May 26, informing him that he has been transferred to Erode in Tamil Nadu, and that he is expected to join his new branch from June 3, 2020.

Similarly, another employee, Pawan Sinha (name changed) was transferred from Mumbai to Sangrur, in Punjab!

The email sent to these employees read as follows:

“Dear XYZ,

The company has been reorganising its business and has been consolidating branches/offices to have greater efficiency.

Hence, pursuant to the terms of your employment, the company has decided to transfer you to Bellary branch, with effect from May 26, 2020.

You are therefore instructed to report to work at the said branch with effect from June 3, 2020.”

At first glance, this email appears to be a normal transfer procedure. What makes it ‘special’ is that the announcement has come during the lockdown, when people are finding it difficult to move between cities or even within the city limits. In such circumstances, the Company actually expects its employees to move between states, and that too from the North of the country down to the South or vice versa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are not the only cases. HRKatha has learnt that close to 2,000 employees— mostly from sales and operations— at Indiabulls Finance Corporation, have been served such transfer orders. Some employees have been transferred from Lucknow and Agra, in Uttar Pradesh to Erode and Karur in Tamil Nadu;  some from Mumbai in Maharashtra to Durgapur in West Bengal; some from Chennai to Bikaner in Rajasthan and yet others from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Surat in Gujarat!

The employees have naturally been crying foul alleging that this is a ploy to force them to resign.

A senior-level sales executive with the Company shares with HRKatha, “Going by the Government guidelines and social-distancing norms, travelling is not an option for anybody at the moment. People are not being allowed outside the states or districts yet.”

“In spite of such norms and restrictions, the employees have been asked to join work and report physically at their designated branches/offices, as indicated in their respective emails,” the employee adds.

During normal circumstances, this would appear to be a regular exercise, with some serious business motives behind such nationwide transfers.

HRKatha was curious to know the reason behind this restructuring exercise and this sudden need for transfers. On contacting Indiabulls Consumer Finance, the Company executives who had first agreed to respond to HRKatha, later declined to comment. HRKatha waited for more than a day for the official response.

Indiabulls Consumers Finance, [erstwhile IVL Finance and Shivshakti Financial Services(IBCFL)], a non-banking finance company (NBFC), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Indiabulls Ventures (IVL).

The finance company has also rolled out 16 per cent salary cuts for most of the employees. These employees were also asked to agree to the terms and conditions voluntarily, which were made effective from April 1, 2020.

Few days back, some employees of the Indiabulls Group disclosed that they were asked to leave over Whatsapp calls. Some have taken to social media to express their disappointment.  On Twitter, some said they had been asked to resign by May 31 and that there was no talk of any severance package, and the salaries are to be disbursed only for the month of May.

An employee had posted a Whatsapp call recording on Twitter, where he was asked to resign without any reason and was threatened with further action, if he refused to do so.

In one of its branches in Nagpur, an employee revealed that their manager had asked almost 50 per cent of the staff to resign by May 31, as the Company was facing financial issues due to its inability to generate business during the lockdown.

The Company has not made any sanctions or disbursements in the past two months. While it has already reopened branches in the green zones, it is still preparing to reopen the ones in the orange zones. The employee strength of IndiaBulls stood at 26,000 for the financial year 2019-20.

Some of the employees who were told to join the new location on May 28, but failed to do so, have already been terminated.

At the time of filing the story, HRKatha was informed that employees who refused to join on the specified date have been terminated from employment.

16 COMMENTS

  1. You wrote exactly what’s going on in our lives. Thanku so much for doing this I hope this story can be heard by upper management of the country.
    Beautifully written.

  2. You wrote exactly what’s going on in our lives. Thanku so much for doing this I hope this story can be heard by upper management of the country.
    Beautifully written.

  3. This is clearly mala fide intent.
    They are making a joke of themselves. Once the chips are up people will think ten times before joining such companies.

    • It doesn’t matter to such companies. There’s no shortage of manpower in this country. If 1 resigns there are 1000s waiting to get that job.

  4. Thanking you ,Ms Boss ….. employees are really worried and tensed too as there is no one to listen to them even HR and their seniors all are silent. We have given every days 12 hrs to them and now in this drastic situation no one is there to help even listen ….god will punish them .

  5. I’m also employee of Indiabulls consumer finance same mail received me company transfer me Mumbai to rourkela odisa 1500 km distance
    A company called Indiabulls gave 21 crore in pm care funds
    Now the same company is transferring thousands of employees to different locations
    Which is more than two thousand kilometers away In this corona era
    Government should intervene and take appropriate action.

  6. Removing employees is not not a worthy solution, we understand now sale is cut due to lockdown, but for in past, to bloom this business this employees Thier given own efficiency that why your business running till Thier, i request to India bulls employees unit together nd fight against this company.

    • Dear sir.
      I am Somaraj k p my emp I’d 2001159562 working in sales officer in Indiabulls from Bellary Branch. But my job is May Month is last.
      Sir Any Job
      Thanks & Regards
      Somraj k p
      Cell no. 8884569818

  7. They r forcing employees to make resignation from our reporting managers and also telling if not they will terminate us, I m from Andhra Pradesh and transfer to Bilaspur . I have resigned my job bcoz of no choice , no one is responding for our cals and msgs , they r not issuing any reliveing letters r experience letters for the work we have done in the organisation , they r not paying any salary r compensation for us .

  8. I also employees in indiabulls the same things are happening all of the company dramma and company termination all employees and after 1 month company appoint new employees

    I REQUEST MORE EMPLOYEES TO DON’T TRUST THAT Pvt company and join government company
    Indiabulls one of verst company

  9. Indiabulls company transfer to employees indore MP to Kashipur Uttarakhand in lockdown no accommodation and no expenses regards reply from our senior manager and HR manager

    No anyone response/reply any our queries transfer location and no replies anyone else.

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