Bengaluru: Up to 50% of IT/BT staff to resume work in offices after April 20

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Bengaluru, Apr 17: Even as the country and the world is trying come to terms with adjusting to normal life post-COVID-19 pandemic scar, Karnataka’s deputy chief minister Dr C N Ashwathnarayan has believed that up to 50 per cent of the Information Technology and Biotechnology (IT-BT) workforce will have the opportunity to function from their office premises after April 20.

Dr Ashwathnarayan was speaking to reporters after a video conference with heads of the IT-BT Industry in Bengaluru on Friday, April 17.

Dr Ashwathnarayan  


He spoke about the measures being taken for the arrangement of passes for the workforce, public transportation arrangement, screening facility, internet facilities and other important measures being employed.

Dr Ashwathnarayan said that “It is not right for companies to shut shop or lay off employees citing reasons for not receiving new work orders or projects. Finding new jobs at this point in time will be difficult.’’

Instead, he said companies could find better ways of dealing with the situation including measures such as pay adjustments rather than resorting to retrenchment.

This opinion has found support during the discussions and companies are expected to act according to the same, he said.

Infection Management

The deputy chief minister also said, “Companies have expressed concerns about handling the situation in case of any employee being detected of infection post the offices resuming work and have requested suitable guidelines for the same."

He stated the companies have been promised that appropriate guidelines would be provided in consultation with the Department of Health and Family Welfare. 

Companies have also agreed to follow measures such as maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene, social distancing and screening facilities in the premises, he explained.

“As soon as the restrictions are relaxed, the risk of infection spreading is high. Precautions were taken and early efforts were made to prevent infections. But we will have to learn to live in precaution against corona in the coming days,’’ he added.

Dr Ashwathnarayan said awareness among the people about this issue has increased too. “Continuous screening can help detect infections and treating such persons will help bring the situation under control,” he said. 

The deputy chief minister said the companies have put forth a demand for the issue of special passes to their employees.

Offices of essential services would start functioning from the next week, he said.

State Govt will provide necessary facilities

The State Government would provide all facilities to ensure that normal life was restored at the earliest possible if the threat of the COVID-19 is contained.

“The lockdown would continue with no cab or Namma Metro services. Besides, there would be no public transport till further orders. Since the public places were shut down, there may not be special issuance of passes. But the Union Home Ministry has allowed one person in two-wheeler and two people in a car,’’ he disclosed.

Ban on inter-state and inter-district travelling will continue. The movement is restricted already due to the closure of malls, hotels and restaurants and educational institutions. 

Due to the non-availability of taxis, disinfected BMTC buses can be rented for facilitating commuting by following relevant safety protocols to ensure cleanliness and social distancing as per MHA guidelines.  

Bengaluru handled situation better

Dr Ashwathnarayana said representatives of the IT and BT sector praised the co-operation offered by the Government of Karnataka during this period of corona induced pain.

It is a matter of pride for us that our companies have been able to make a name for themselves internationally by continuing their work and keeping their international commitments during this period.

“Bengaluru city has handled this situation better than many other global cities,’’ he asserted.

Many stalwarts of the sector including Biocon chief Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, chairman of Vision Group IT Kris Gopalakrishnan, Prashant Prakash of Accel Partners, Shrikumar Suryanarayan of Able India, Prakash Gopalan of BSNL took part in the video conference.



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  • Hema Gayathri, Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 20 2020

    I am a Mother ,if govt is going to resume work in IT sector I shall sue the Government because my son's life is more important to me than these IT jobs.People working in IT sector protest nation wide only then these people will listen other wise they will destroy us.

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  • PRASENJIT, Bangalore

    Sun, Apr 19 2020

    While the decision is good to encourage 50 percent of the people to resume thier work but I think our leaders should take holistic approach here . First let's try to understand how many IT companies are working for Bangalore and whether those companies are able to provide services to their client or customers from home .if yes then their is no need to rush those people to office at this moment as that will ensure that you are not overloading Bangalore again without any control. Then see what are the office where public presence is must and how you can collaborate with various transport service to enable them so that both can be supported . Limit four wheelers with odd and even rules . Given clear indication of what is open and what is not in various wards and status of the wards from their representatives which I think is missing ? Make a long term plan till July to ease the pressure as this will not go way quickly as we all know about this. Masks should be made compulsory for all for now and the circular for that should be send to all and strict fine should be there . Also stop different rules for different people as that then doesn't show serious Ness of entire process

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  • Arun Kumar, Bengaluru

    Sun, Apr 19 2020

    I agree that wrong decision was made by these people. I don't know, what they are trying to achieve, by allowing IT employees, before closing lockdown. Any way practically it won't happen, even if people come to office, work will not continue, due to many reasons.

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  • Puneeth J, Bengaluru

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    Greetings CM sir

    This is certainly wrong decision by govt, sir we IT people do have family , everyday we have to enter office in fear... Virus are spreading day by day, atleast can be released on may 3rd , so u will have count... May come across some changes and decisions..

    Really bad decision Sir,

    Humble request is wait and tak good decisions. IT people are working more work time than he is in office.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    Mr, PM
    You made many mistakes don't repeat it again.
    First phase of lock-down made late You want to form Madhya Pradesh Government and CM Oath Ceremony, it took time till March 23rd. because of this foolish thing the people could not travel their home from different state you gave only 24 hours time. for You and your party their is no value for Human beings. Everyone is knows what is happening present there is no food no shelter for 30 to 40% or more people . and now you want to open lock-down and kill the people?
    CM Please don't make mistake. or you will be responsible for the each and every death.
    These educated people can give statement like a uneducated.
    People please understand and be safe.

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  • Abhi, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    I think these guys have invested in tech parks..
    They are planning to turn Bangalore to Italy by asking employees to go to office.
    Ridiculous cant they wait till may 3rd now cases are increasing like 10+ per day shame on this decision.
    They are taking ppl lives..

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  • Ashok, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    Lets say.. Its opened... Are private vehicles allowed on road... No uber.. No autos no metro... Nothing... So how do we reach office....?? Have govt thought about this.. Or just making statements

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  • Ashok, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    Lets say.. Its opened... Are private vehicles allowed on road... No uber.. No autos no metro... Nothing... So how do we reach office....?? Have govt thought about this.. Or just making statements

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  • Unknown, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    When they say it will be lockdown y not following or letting others
    To follow strictly to stay in home and work , techies life is also precious
    Y those people are called now in this situation , why government is
    Taking Wrong decision all time , again there will be blast of positive
    Covid-19 and again extension of lockdown continuing etc

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  • Prashanth, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    My personal opinion is unless complete lockdown is followed by public it is very difficult to control the corona spreading and human life is precious than anything else. I wonder what made the authorities to take such a dangerous decision?

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  • Aditi, bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    I had come to Gadag district to attend family function.. I stay in Bangalore..And i have been stuck here due to lockdown.. Now after 20 th April, companies will start functioning in Bangalore. I have my private vehicle with me and will have to go back to resume office.. Now how to go and present myself at office? People who are in Bangalore can easily start going to work buh what abt people who are stuck elsewhere nd have to join back work?

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  • Pinto, MANGALORE

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    I had a similar problem.. I hired a cab took a pass from DC office and travelled from Mangalore producing my id card and emergency covid duty order...

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  • Rakesh kumar, bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    Dear PM & CMs,

    You have declared a complete closure till April 14 (now extended to May 3) & are requesting all to keep the offices, Shops, Godowns & Factories closed. Also, you are urging the middle-class businessmen to show sympathy towards the needful employees and pay them. Just to understand, what do you think about the Business OWNERS? Do they have a money tree ? Since the closure has been announced, the businesses are on a total standstill.
    How will they survive?
    RENT ON,
    GST - ON.
    EMI - ON

    There is no relief for us / Businessmen. We don’t mind paying salaries, only if there's some releif on these expenses or some source of income. Its now getting difficult for us to bare with our household expenses. The middle-class business houses can't bear the expenses with their shut businesses. Is this really fair?

    Please waive of our Rentals,electric bills ,water Bill charges for three months.

    We are not receiving payments from our clients! Is there any government body looking
    after this?

    If no decision are taken in time a huge impact will be faced by govt of india in future.

    Govt is only concerned of MNC,BIG INDUSTRIALISTS AND POOR LABOUR
    #Narendra Modi #PMOindia PMO India @cheifministerofkarnataka

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    I'm on a Holiday to Udupi ...

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  • Nagaraj, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 18 2020

    I strongly disagree with this decision of opening offices on 20th April. We have been seeing, number of cases in Bangalore are raising from last 3 days and it continue to raise for another week.

    Most of the office will have air conditioned environment, is big trap and Bangalore will be next hot spot of corona. However you test, while entry, it's not sufficient, since many carriers are asymptomatic. We have seen, how virus spread during religious function in Delhi, this will get replicated in. Bangalore IT companies for sure.

    When they have option to work from home, it's better to continue that way. Few organizations don't have WFH option, definitely wait for another 15 days, which is safer than today's situation.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 17 2020

    No of rise in positive cases in Karnataka is a grave concern..If restrictions are lifted it will be more bad than good..Work from home is the best solution for IT/BT people

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