WFH extended for Karnataka’s IT employees

With the number of COVID-19 cases far from declining, employees of the IT sector have been instructed to continue working remotely

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Karnataka’s deputy chief minister has asked employees of the information technology (IT) companies in the state to continue working from home, as the number of coronavirus cases are not declining as expected.

As per the instructions from the Centre and the state governments, employees in the IT and IT-enabled services (ITeS) companies have been working ever since the lockdown. With no signs of normalcy returning any time soon, the work-from-home (WFH) arrangement has been extended.

The connectivity norms that were brought out for the benefit of the IT and business processing outsourcing (BPO) companies will now apply till March 2021. That means, organisations will not face any pressure to re-open their offices.

The IT sector has not been affected much because of social distancing regulations and remote working arrangements, as most companies have successfully leveraged technology and been able to function smoothly despite offices being closed. Some are now even seriously considering WFH as a permanent option. However, with the techies working from home, many other businesses, such as ride-sharing services, autos and food outlets have taken a hit.

Meanwhile, Karnataka is being very cautious with regard to COVID. In fact, the Health and Family Welfare Department of the state has sent a suggestion to the Defence Ministry to adopt a ‘hybrid’ model for its Aero India 2021 show — Asia’s biggest biennial air show — scheduled to be held in February first week, next year.