Change in IT Policy Seeking Techies

Change-in-IT-Policy-SeekingWith increasing incidents lay-offs incidents, discontent among IT employees over the government’s unbalanced IT policy is growing. Till now two employees who already remarked pink slips by Wipro are fighting a case and have challenged the previous IT policy.

Software professional Sriharsha said “Two days back, one of my senior colleagues was handed a pink slip. This despite getting a high performance rating throughout the seven years of his career. The pink slip says he was terminated for poor performance. With this kind of a letter, will this man even get another job? These companies are ensuring that the terminated employees don’t get another job and the state government is doing nothing,”

Former additional advocate general A. Satya Prasad said “As per IT Act of AP, 2005, employees who are removed arbitrarily cannot have any statutory protection (under any Act, Rules and cannot approach any court of law). Normally, in such cases, an employee can approach the court and can seek protection under the Labour Law. But the IT policy of AP,as well as the new IT policies of both states have put the employees under a deliberate disadvantage.”

President of Telangana IT Association (TITA) Sundeep Kumar Makthala said “We have been asking for a governing council to be set up by the IT department so that employees having any issues can approach the body and the state government can intervene. Currently, employees cannot approach anyone and if they go to the Labour department, it reflects as a red mark on their career. As a result, employees are keeping quiet and signing the resignation letters. The state must make changes in the policy because investments and protection of company interests alone is not enough. The state must protect the employees too

Medaram Jathara

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