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Karnataka: ORRCA to meet on Friday to decide on govt advisory on work from home

The Karnataka government issued an advisory to IT companies on Outer Ring Road to extend the work-from-home rule for another year or two anticipating traffic due to ongoing Metro work, the ORRCA says that a meeting on the issue will be held on Friday with members before taking any decision.

Karnataka ORRCA to meet on Friday to decide on govt advisory on work from home-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 24, 2021, 6:27 PM IST

After the Karnataka government asked the software and IT companies in the 18 kilometers stretch between Central Silk Board Junction to KR Puram in Bengaluru to continue the work-from-home rule till December 2022, the Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) says that it will hold a meeting on this issue on Friday.

Additional Chief Secretary Department of Electronics, IT and BT EV Ramana Reddy highlighting traffic issues asked the IT companies to continue the work-from-home policy.

ORRCA has over 50 companies and is one of the largest IT companies associations in Bengaluru and is the final decision maker on following the advisory that has pointed out that the stretch has over 700 companies. From startups to medium to big companies ORRCA has about 2 lakh employees. Many such companies encountered losses from the last one and half year.

The ORRCA member who did not wish to be named said that not just the software industry, other industries, and economies dependent on the functioning of IT companies in this segment have been impacted.

Reddy through the National Association of Software Companies (NASSCOM) has sent out this message of extending work-from-home policy citing that it would be difficult to travel on this route if IT employees also throng as metro rail connection has begun.

Also read: Karnataka govt asks IT companies to extend WFH till December 2022 to reduce traffic on Bengaluru’s ORR

Reacting to Reddy's advisory, Krishna Kumar, consultant, ORRCA believes that the government will give out a revised version of its stand as many questions have been raised on the advisory now. It is believed that the ORRCA will send out its response only after the government revised the statement.

As per reports, the metro rail project has a deadline of completion for 2025 and many companies believe that it cannot have more losses with the policy of work-from-home only because of traffic congestions.

The government also has clarified that it is only an appeal to the IT companies in this stretch and has not made it a compulsory rule for work-from-home to IT companies in this belt that has close to a dozen IT parks.

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