IT sector contributing a great sum of GDP to India is often blamed to be politically insensitive and IT professionals are accused of rare participant in electoral process of India. But there is a group of IT men and women which has invited politicians to discuss issues mainly concerned with IT sector and its employees. ITEC, the organization working for the welfare and support for IT workers, was the host of the meet participated by the representatives of major political runners of Karnataka on 20th April in Bangalore.
The main points which ITEC laid to discuss were, exemptions given for labor laws and standing orders, increase in employment frauds, issues with women employees safety, issues in campus recruitment where employers not honoring the offer letter, unethical termination practices, and in general in need for a monitoring mechanism.
Mr Prabhakar, Spokesperson of JD(S) talked about the interest of his party to work towards the corrective measure in IT sector and larger focus on e governance on coming to power. K Prakash from CPI(M) urged the need of creating the IT/ITES jobs in public sector and to bring the HR practices of IT companies in sync with existing labor laws. Sumeet Negi of Aam Admi Party displayed the interest of his party to formulate and IT policy after consultation with IT employees.
Mr Shankar V of CPI(ML)(liberation) said that the growth happenings of IT sector is jobless growth and recession has badly hit the employees and not the corporate houses.
The participants of the meet mainly raised the issues of employment fraud, delay on taking onboard, forced resignation, termination and layoffs. They also agreed on improving the infrastructure and Labour laws. IT employees were also much concerned about the safety of women at workplaces and during transit facilities. All political parties found women employees’ issue of profound importance and agreed to take steps.
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