Connectivity norms for work from home for IT and BPO companies have now been extended till December 31. The development was confirmed by the government on Tuesday. The time period for work from home was expiring on July 31. In a late night tweet on Monday, the Department of Telecommunications said, “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.”
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 had 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. India coronavirus cases toll has crossed 11.55 lakh-mark, taking confirmed patients toll to 11,55,191 including 402529 active cases, 7,24,578 recovered and 28,084 deaths, according to health ministry’s figures released on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra’s daily Covid-19 cases continued in the upper reaches, scaling the 8,000-mark on Monday, but deaths again dropped below the 200-level even as Mumbai Metropolitan Region crossed the 2 lakh tally, health officials said. The state notched 8,240 new cases, lower than the peak of 9,518 on July 19, spelling some relief. The recovery rate marginally improved from 54.62 per cent a day earlier to 54.92 per cent on Monday, while the current mortality rate stood at 3.77 per cent.