Companies in IT and BPO sector made alternative arrangements on Monday to avoid taking a hit due to the bandh observed in Karnataka on the Cauvery issue.
Indian IT companies, including Infosys and Wipro, and MNCs like IBM declared a holiday for their staff on Monday, and asked them to report for work on Saturday to compensate.
BPO firms either rescheduled the shift timings of their employees or transferred operations to other centres as part of their business continuity plan that saw to it that it was like any other day.
"We knew about the bandh well in advance. So, we made alternative arrangements," IT industry officials said.
Manufacturing firms, including automobile major Toyota, downed their shutters for the day.
The dawn-to-dusk bandh is sponsored by pro-Kannada outfits and received wide support from several other organisations.
Proponents of the protest say injustice has been done to Karnataka by the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal, which gave its final verdict last week.
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