Techies can work from home till July 31

Techies can work from home till July 31; DoT eases rules

The Centre permitted techies to work from home till July 31.

The Centre on Tuesday permitted techies to work from home till July 31 in view of the lockdown. This will require the Department of Telecom to extend the relaxation of its rules which it had done only temporarily due to the lockdown.    

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Sources revealed that under normal circumstances, IT and ITES companies wanting to adopt work from home (WFH) will have to make a mandatory deposit worth several lakhs to the DoT.

Union Minister for Information Technology and Communications Ravishankar Prasad, who held a video conference with state IT ministers on Tuesday afternoon said the Centre will decide on the future plans after assessing the situation.

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Taking part in the video conference, Deputy Chief Minister and IT, BT Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan requested the Union minister to extend the WFH facility till March 2021. The Department of Telecom (DoT), following the announcement of lockdown, had given temporary relaxation to BPOs, KPOs and IT companies to allow WFH.

Narayan said, “Work from home requires relaxation of various rules by the telecom department, including taxes on effective bandwidth, WiFi connectivity, setting up security protocols for the secured on-premise environment and others."