COVID-19 | MNCs, IT, BPO offices in Gurugram may ‘work from home’ till July end

MNCs, BPOs and IT enabled services (ITES) in Gurugram may have to allow their employees to work from home till the end of July, says Gurgaon Metropolitan Development Authority CEO V S Kundu.

Kundu, who is also additional chief secretary of Haryana, added that several real estate projects, including those of DLF, have got the green signal to resume construction but within the norms of social distancing.

Gurugram, which is part of the National Capital Region, is known as the millennium city and is home to many BPOs, MNCs and technology giants, including Infosys, Genpact, Google and Microsoft.

The Gurugram district administration had issued an advisory in mid March asking MNCs, BPOs, IT companies, corporates and industries to allow work from home.

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“As of now it appears this advisory for work from home will continue till end of July. All those who have offices in Gurugram should continue to work from home to the extent possible,” PTI news agency quoted Kundu as saying.

Kundu, who is in charge of handling the COVID-19 crisis for Gurugram district, said it is advisable that companies should ensure that as many employees as possible work from home.

This might not be possible in the case of industries and the manufacturing sector but should be followed wherever possible, he added.

Kundu said few construction sites at GMDA and NHAI projects have been allowed to resume work within the norms of social distancing.

“Construction sites where labourers are already staying on the site or those where labourers stay within walking distance are allowed to resume work while adhering to social distancing norms,” he said.

It has reported 51 COVID-19 cases. Of these, 35 have recovered. It is in the red zone and is the worst affected district along with Nuh, Palwal and Faridabad in Haryana.

The state has reported 289 cases (including 176 who have been cured, discharged or migrated) and three fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.

Kundu described the situation in Gurugram as ‘fairly under control’ and said there is no evidence of community transmission.

Gurgaon has effectively been under lockdown since March 22 – two days before PM Modi’s announcement of a nationwide shutdown to stem the spread of the disease.

(With agency inputs)

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