IT Companies have been reluctant to ask their employees to come to the offices despite the pressure from the Telangana government. The state government is keen on bringing the employees to offices from September 1st as it feels their arrival to office will be crucial to kickstart the economy.
The government has promised to organize a special vaccination drive for all IT employees. They also agreed to set up COVID test centers outside all prominent offices. However, with no positive response from the companies, the IT department has set up a committee with the representatives of the respective companies.
The committee was entrusted with the task of addressing the issues of the companies and employees and formulating the modalities of the re-opening. The committee is scheduled to meet later this month. Invitations are sent to the companies and representatives of software employees associations.
There are about 1,500 IT companies in Greater Hyderabad, of which 6 lakh are directly employed and another 15 lakh are indirectly employed. The government's concern seems to be that the sector has lost millions of jobs in the real estate, transportation, and hospitality sectors due to work-from-home. Although work-from-home for staff in small and medium-sized IT companies is already canceled, government sources say that the total number of IT employees attending direct duties is not even five percent.