IT firms can outsource jobs to SEZs

“IT units in the domestic tariff area can carry out their jobs in SEZ units,” the commerce ministry said in a communication to the SEZ development commissioners.
The Centre has also allowed employees of IT units in SEZs to work from home or off-site locations. “Off-site employees of SEZs may be permitted to work from home or from place outside the SEZ,” the letter dated May 21 said. Earlier, this relaxation was given to only “de-capacitated” employees or those who are travelling.

Industry people said with the flexibility, employees would be able to attend customer problems even when they are away from SEZs. “Free movement of IT people is very important. We welcome any policy that takes away operating complexities,” Nasscom President Som Mittal said.

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