Indian government relaxes guidelines to ease into remote working
The Indian government has announced simplified guidelines for industry players in the IT sector, aimed at positioning the country as a competitive technology hub among global players.
The new guidelines would apply to Business Process Outsourcing firms and IT services companies, removing requirements such as the deposit of bank guarantees, requirement for static IPs, frequent reporting obligations, publication of network diagram, and penal provisions.
Requirements that previously prevented employees from working remotely have also been removed, boosting the flexibility of business operations. This comes crucial in a time when Covid-19 has forced employees to operate out of the office.
The government also hopes that the new guidelines will allow the industry to focus on innovative new products and solutions.
“The new framework will provide a strong impetus to India’s industry and will make India one of the most competitive IT jurisdictions in the world,” said the Indian government in an official statement.
In a tweet, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi said: “India’s IT sector is our pride. The prowess of this sector is recognised globally. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure a conducive environment for growth and innovation in India.”