IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) has written to the government, asking for measures to support its member entities with the pandemic looking set to impact the industry in the near term.
Nasscom has asked for the abolition of OSPs (other service providers) under the Department of Telecom, under which certain kinds of work (such as voice calls) cannot be shifted to employees’ homes. This will enable a longer term work-from-home (WFH) scenario, which several firms like Tata Consultancy Services have already spoken about.
While the industry has received an extension in relaxation of OSP norms until July 31, these have to be abolished altogether if WFH is to become a new normal. Keshav Murugesh, CEO of WNS Global Services, said: “Nasscom is already working with the government to leverage this crisis and create new models of engagement, including changing labour laws.”
The complexities in asking for changes to labour laws will arise once it requires tinkering with aspects that fall under states’ jurisdiction.
The key assumption in labour laws is that workers go