Pune: The State government, in the near future, is set to form a committee to study and analyse the current crisis and rampant layoffs in the Information Technology (IT) sector.
Thousands of employees have been laid off over the last few months, which prompted the Forum for IT Employees (FITE) to demand formation of a committee.
Speaking to Sakal Times, representatives from FITE confirmed they met Chief Minister Fadnavis on Saturday and submitted a petition with regard to the need to constitute a committee. “We handed over details of over 25 impacted employees, with their respective organisation names and procedure which was followed at the time of layoff or retrenchment, along with a demand letter. We detailed to Fadnavis about the unethical acts of retrenchment, illegal terminations and forced resignations and also acquainted him with the mental harassment of the employees who were confined in meeting rooms for long hours without access to computers, their mobile and even denied use of washrooms until they signed the resignation papers,” FITE members stated.
The representatives elaborated the effects of layoffs on the employees, which has also resulted in suicides. “The ministers were shocked to hear about the modus operandi of IT companies. The Chief Minister agreed to set up a committee to investigate. Minister for Labour Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar will be helping with the setting up of the committee,” they stated.
According to FITE, the committee will include officials from the government, aggrieved employees, as well as members from the association. “We are unsure of the quorum of the committee but it is set to be constituted. The committee will analyse how many people have actually been affected, the current market situation in all IT-related industries like IT, BPO, KPO, telecommunications sector and all other industries under the IT umbrella,”they stated.