Subject : Job Security in IT Industry
Address : India International Center [Conference Room-1] #40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
India is a country with a number of labour laws catering to protect the employees rights. In any civilised society job security should be an essential right for an employee. Many of our laws are formulated to ensure this. Proper notice to the employees and government authority as stipulated by various labour laws are intended for this. But in the recent decades have we have seen the workers rights getting eroded away. We have seen in the name of SEZ or as ‘essential services’, many industries are exempted from these basic laws. 60% of Indian exports is from IT/ITeS.
Who has built the $120 billion India IT industry? Each and every employee had his role shaping this industry. The companies were given subsidies and incentives for their growth. It was not just for a growth in figures, it was also inteded to see the nation’s population benefitting from this growth. At a time when the industries or system are turning more and more inhumane, stronger labour laws are required to protect the employees’s right. How can our
government justify the exemptions given to IT industry from essential labour laws? This industry directly employees around 3 million of the population and indirectly around 10 million. IT is an industry which accrues huge profit compared to any other sector and whose revenue solely depends on its employees, you dont see a big role
for any other raw materials. How can the companies wash hands of the moral obligation to provide a stable and secure job environment to its employees? It is not a moral obligation, it should be a legal obligation. When the nation pays a large price in the form of various incentives to the IT industry, the government should take
necessary actions to ensure all essential rights are honoured by the IT companies.
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