Information Technology(IT) and BioTechnology(BT) companies are asking their employees to work from home even after the partial lockdown end on April 20, except for some employees who are part of essential operations in the office.
Ministry of Home Affairs has revised its guidelines which allows the companies to deploy 50% of its employees in the offices from Monday. In Karnataka, this decision has been taken by the government with CM Yediyurappa announced on Saturday that they want employees to continue work from home except for few people who are involved in the critical activities at the offices.
Wipro Chairman Rishad Premji has earlier tweeted about the partial lockdown urging that if only it is quite necessary employees should go to offices, else should continue to work from home. He also added that he will continue to work from home allowing the necessary staff to go to the office.
CEO & MD of Wipro, Abidali Neemuchwala has said that 93% of its employees have received the approval of clients to allow its employees to work from home. He also added that some of its employees are part of critical projects like 5G testing in labs, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) wherein employees cannot work from home.
Several other companies like Mindtree, Infosys, Dell are also following the trend by allowing its employees to work from home, even after the end of partial lockdown. Along with this, public transport has been suspended in Mumbai and Bangalore. In Mumbai, there are around 176 containment zones which are being observed very closely to control the spread of the virus. In Bangalore also, people are using only two-wheelers and only essential services are being allowed to monitor the situation. The employees may find it difficult to commute even if the offices are opened.
Mumbai based TCS has also said that they are in no hurry to ask people to come to offices and are expecting at most a 25% attendance in their offices.
Biocon, a Bangalore based biotechnology giant has said that they will continue to manufacture essential pharmaceutical items in accordance to the government policies and requirements. The employees who are part of this production are only being allowed to their offices. For the rest of their employees, they are asked to either stay back or work from home.
Even Cognizant is following the same trend as other companies. The Infosys Mysore campus has send most of its campus trainees to their homes in a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.