Kerala Announces Slew Of Proposals To Revive IT Sector
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Kerala Announces Slew Of Proposals To Revive IT Sector

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The Kerala government on Thursday announced a slew of proposals to revive the information technology sector which has suffered “approximately Rs 4,500 crore” loss in this financial year due to the Covid-19 situation.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the state government will consider reliefs including waiver of rent under certain conditions, avoiding annual increase in rent and other relaxations to the IT companies.

"The IT sector in Kerala has suffered approximately Rs 4,500 crore loss due to Covid-19 situation, during the first three months of this financial year," Vijayan said.

The state planning board has calculated that at least 80,000 jobs indirectly connected to the IT sector and 26,000 jobs directly in this sector will be affected, he said.

He said the state government will also consider the plight of employees while trying to revive the troubled companies.

"We need to avoid job losses without putting pressure on the companies.In this regard, the state government has decided to provide a relief from rent for three months to companies under certain conditions. The state government will also consider avoiding an annual increase in the rent. The state government will also release any pending payment to the IT companies," he said.

The state government will also discuss with the banks to provide loans to struggling companies.

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However, the companiesmust follow strict health protocol when employees return to the office.

They should also consider implementing work from home facilities to the employees,Vijayan said.

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