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This is the primary time that authorities has shaped a panel to appear into employees’ grievances in IT sector, call centres

Three months after its formation, the state government-appointed committee tasked with looking into complaints of exploitation in the data generation (IT) sector is cracking down on companies that withhold severance pay of retrenched workers, have unfair bond classes for new hires, and stay authentic paperwork of campus recruits for years.

At the primary meeting on Tuesday of the IT sector engineers and workers grievance redressal committee, which may also glance into complaints from the BPO sector, it requested the state labour division to direct IT companies around the state to stop implementing “unfair” bond terms and to go back the original paperwork of latest recruits in 30 days.

The panel, which couldn’t convene previous owing to the Lok Sabha election, has received a number of complaints from workers about unfair recruitment clauses—many are requested to pay a penalty of Rs 75,000-1 lakh if they surrender before finishing touch of the bond duration, a small portion in their wage is withheld as deposit till finish of bond term, and don't seem to be paid the primary month’s wage in lieu of the deposit.

The committee proposed a special legislation to control jobs and put into effect labour rules in IT companies. “This was the primary meeting of the committee and lots of problems were discussed. We have requested the labour division to issue notices to firms against which we've received complaints from retrenched workers who were sacked unfairly,” said Devang Dave, a member of the committee who may be the national convener of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing.

"The IT sector is one of the biggest job providers for youngsters and many of them face problems during recruitments and with the bonds that they are asked to serve. We will look into all of these complaints."

The 10-member committee is led by means of Maharashtra Labour Commissioner Rajeev Jadhav and has government-nominated individuals from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. There are also representatives from industry bodies-National Association of Software and Services Companies, and the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture.

A senior professional from the state labour division said the panel's mandate is to absorb grievances and recommend measures to the state authorities. "This sector is the most sought-after job market in the state now. But because of tough work conditions and often unregulated job terms, a lot of employees are facing problems."

Dave said the committee will meet as soon as a month. "We have started looking into complaints. We have received many cases where employees were sacked without notice and without any severance package. We will soon issue notices to the companies concerned and seek an explanation."

He said the labour division will shortly set up an internet portal to allow IT sector workers to lift complaints.

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