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Indian IT staff may get to return home

india Updated: Mar 15, 2011 22:30 IST
Vivek Sinha
Vivek Sinha
Hindustan Times
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As quake-hit Japan finds itself in a nuclear emergency, Indian IT professionals working in the island nation would be given a choice to return home, software majors Infosys, Wipro, TCS and HCL Technologies said on Tuesday. The big four together have over 1,000 software professionals based in Japan.

"We are continuously monitoring the developments in Japan. However, we are giving an option to families of employees to return to India and we will help facilitate the same," said Saurabh Govil, senior vice-President, HR, Wipro Technologies.

Infosys spokesperson said that recent reports on Japan’s nuclear reactor do warrant concern. "We are taking appropriate action to keep our employees safe. In cases where employees and their families have expressed a desire to return temporarily to safety we are facilitating their travel," the Infosys spokesperson said in a statement.

TCS and HCL Technologies also confirmed that the companies were ready to bring back their employees from Japan if they (employees) so desired.

"We have set up a communications system to provide all employees in Japan with frequent updates and stay in touch with them. We are ready to relocate our Indian employees and their families back to India as well as move our local Japanese employees and their families to other locations of safety," said the TCS spokesperson.

Though Japan does not contribute much to the revenues of Indian IT majors, the country had emerged as an attractive destination for Indian IT companies post-economic recession, which had adversely affected the US the traditional market for IT services.

IT industry body Nasscom estimates Japan’s contribution at a mere 2% of India's IT-BPO exports.

The companies further clarified that IT services to their clients based in Japan would not be affected as they could be serviced through their other global locations.