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Panaji: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant on Saturday welcomed the decision taken by the Centre to promote ‘work from home’ and ‘work from anywhere’. Lauding this move, Sawant tweeted saying, “A welcome move by the Union Government led by PM Shri @narendramodi ji to promote ‘Work from Home’ and ‘Work from Anywhere’ concept in the country.”
“The decision to simplify the guidelines of the Department of Telecom will allow the IT industry to flourish in every corner of the country, providing job opportunities to our youth,” he added.
The Ministry of Communications had earlier issued guidelines to ease other service provider (OSP). “With an aim to qualitatively improve the Ease of Doing Business of the IT Industry particularly Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and IT Enabled Services, the Government has drastically simplified the Other Service Provider(OSP) guidelines of the Department of Telecom. The new guidelines tremendously reduce the compliance burden of the BPO industry,” it stated.

It is clarified that the registration requirement for OSPs has been done away with altogether and the BPO industry engaged in data related work have been taken out of the ambit of OSP regulations. In addition, requirements such as deposit of bank guarantees, requirement for static IPs, frequent reporting obligations, publication of network diagram, penal provisions etc. have also been removed. Similarly, several other requirements, whichprevented companies from adopting ‘Work from Home’ and ‘Work from Anywhere’ policies have also been removed. Additional dispensations to enhance flexibility for the Industry have been allowed, it further stated.

The new framework will provide a strong impetus to India’s industry and will make India one of the most competitive IT jurisdictions in the World. The new guidelines are inspired by Prime Minister Modi’s strong emphasis on Minimum Government, Maximum Governance. With this reform, the Government of India sends out a strong signal of its support to the IT industry with a view to encouraging increased investment in the Sector, the Ministry of Communications stated.

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