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UP govt urges TCS to shelve plan to leave Lucknow until Adityanath meets its COO

The TCS has decided to consolidate its Uttar Pradesh operation in Noida, prompting employees to seek chief minister’s intervention.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2017 11:03 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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UP government urges Tata Consultancy Services to put on hold its decision to pull out of Lucknow until chief minister Yogi Adityanath meets its COO NG Subramaniam.(Reuters Photo )

Uttar Pradesh government on Friday urged the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to put on hold its decision to pull out of state capital Lucknow until chief minister Yogi Adityanath meets chief operating officer of the software major NG Subramaniam.

A senior government official told reporters Adityanath will have a meeting with the TCS’s top executive sometime after August 10 to persuade India’s largest software outsourcer to change its plan of consolidating its UP operations in Noida, the state’s IT hot spot.

He said the state government’s request was conveyed to the company through a “proper channel.” But he refused to elaborate further.

Many of the company’s 2000 odd employees in Lucknow recently wrote to the chief minister seeking his intervention to prevent the company from winding up its operation in the state capital.

They claimed the management has directed them to get ready to shift either to Noida or Indore in Madhya Pradesh within two weeks’ time.

A TCS spokesperson was earlier quoted by PTI as saying that it was only consolidating its UP operations in Noida and there would be no job loss as a consequence.

Amid concerns over layoff, Alok Kumar head of delivery centre of TCS met a senior BJP functionary recently to explain the company’s stand.

State finance minister Rajesh Agarwal also assured the employees that their interest would be protected and that the government would not let the TCS go from the capital, where it ‘s operating for decades.

The TCS employees, however, are not convinced by the state government’s effort and accused it of not doing enough to protect their interest.

The state government is not understanding the gravity of the situation and is not acting fast, alleged an employee of the Lucknow centre on condition of anonymity.

He claimed that the company has already taken on rent a building in Noida to shift its Lucknow centre as it has decided against renewing the rent agreement of the present office in the state capital, which will expire early next year.

The TCS employees say that company at least owes an explanation to them because “the cost of per seat expenses in Noida will increase by 60% as compared to Lucknow.”

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 11:03 IST