New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: With the number of coronavirus cases on an unabated spike across the country, the government has decided to extend connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies till December 31. The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31.

"DoT has further extended the relaxations in the terms and conditions for other service providers up to 31st December 2020 to facilitate work from home in view of the ongoing concern due to COVID-19," the Department of Telecommunications said in a late night tweet.

Currently, around 85 per cent of the IT workforce is working from home and only those performing critical functions are going to offices.

In March, the DoT relaxed certain norms for OSPs till April 30 to facilitate work from home (WFH) amid the coronavirus pandemic which was further extended till July 31.

Wipro chairman Rishad Premji welcomed the move tweeting, "Thank you to the government for their tremendous support on the new ways of working from day 1. This has helped tremendously in further elevating our standing and responsiveness globally." 

With the pandemic making work from home as a new normal, companies in India and across the world are planning to move to a blended working model where a percentage of employees will permanently work from home.

In fact, India's largest IT firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has said that they intend to have only 25 per cent of their workforce working from offices by 2025.  

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta