[AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.

Harish Kotian harish at accessindia.org.in
Thu Feb 21 09:35:02 EST 2008


Hi Sudhir / Shadab

Corporates are very smart to terminate and give breaks so, as to to operate 
within legal framework.

One can take legal recluse, only if we can prove candidly discrimination is 
practised.

Thinking that private jobs can be made secure would be like like basking in 
wishful thinking.

I am eagerly looking for inputs which could point in those direction.
Harish.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sudhir R (NeSTIT)" <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.


> Dear Harish,
>
> I fully agree with you about the need to be vigilant and watch out for 
> opportunities to move on.
>
> But, we need to appreciate a few hard facts when it comes to job mobility 
> in India.  Indian demographics is fully loaded in favour of the 
> twenty-somethings, since they constitute about 50% of the population and 
> employers prefer to have them on rolls as they can put in longer hours. 
> By forty, these resources become expendable for the company who can get 
> fresh supplies of younger blood.  Here-in lies the trap of the contract 
> system.  Instead of taking resources on rolls, companies prefer to engage 
> them on (fatter) contracts, dumping them at their whim and pleasure.
>
> This scenario of hiring and firing is OK in a mature market like the 
> developed nations, where tough laws guarantee certain rights to such 
> employees and also unemployment doles ensure they can meet their basic 
> needs till another job comes by.  In India, this could spell disaster to 
> older, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged resources.
>
> My lawyer friends tell me that maintaining resources on long-term 
> contracts is itself an illegal act as per existing Indian law.  Let us not 
> exonerate this illegal act of these companies under the garb of 
> right-sizing.
>
> What we need is concerted action in creating awareness in regulatory 
> bodies about such mal-practices, legal action or legislation to prevent 
> such happenings and exposing of the sham of disabled-friendliness of such 
> publicity-crazy corporates.  Hope the issue is taken up with the same 
> vigour and solidarity as earlier issues like air travel discrimination and 
> examination-related problems.
>
> Thanks and rgds
>
> RS
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in]On Behalf Of Harish
> Kotian
> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 9:21 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled
> resources.
>
>
> Hi Sudhir
>
> Yes, this is a run down on facts, but it does not carry us to any 
> solution.
> There is no government job at all. So, no point on counting it.
>
> In such a cenerio, makes more sense being vigilant and keenly look for
> opportunities and willingness to move on.
>
> Another advise would be not to squander money when going is good and run
> into debts if it could be avoided.
> Harish
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Sudhir R (NeSTIT)" <sudhir.r at nestgroup.net>
> To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
> Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:48 PM
> Subject: [AI] IT sector starts shedding its differently abled resources.
>
>
>>
>>> Hi folks !
>>>
>>> Hope the list members recollect an issue I had raised about six months
>>> back - about the so-called  new employers of the differently abled, the
>>> IT & ITES companies, keeping the disabled resources on long periods of
>>> contract, without confirming them.
>>>
>>> The ensuing discussion had centred on the benefits of the contract 
>>> system
>>> and how it was really progressive.  The issue was swept under the carpet
>>> unlike other "serious" issues like discrimination by airlines against 
>>> the
>>> visually challenged, the mistakes in grammar in the list postings, etc.
>>>
>>> Now that  the IT sector has started feeling the heat of the Rupee
>>> appreciation and the US economic melt-down, the poor disabled  resources
>>> have started getting contract termination notices.  Funnily, a
>>> multinational behemoth which describes itself as an equal opportunity
>>> employer and draws lot of media publicity from this is one of the first
>>> to initiate action that might impact some of our own list members.
>>>
>>> There is little that we can do but sit and watch as the most important
>>> social security mechanism available to the Indian blind, a steady job, 
>>> is
>>> kicked out from their grasp thanks to biased corporate policies.  While
>>> appreciating the fact that job mobility is the in-thing in a globalised
>>> existence, let us not forget that the disadvantaged in India, like us
>>> disabled, do not have an elaborate social security mechanism to fall 
>>> back
>>> on in such circumstances.
>>>
>>> Finally, when all the hype dies down, the only recourse to the disabled
>>> who are not from well-heeled families may still be government jobs and /
>>> or traditional sectors like teaching, vocational trades and
>>> self-employment.
>>>
>>> Rgds
>>>
>>> RS
>>> M: 98 472 76 126
>>>
>>>
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