Prominent IT and ITES firms like Infosys, Karvy Consultants figure among the seven private institutions booked by the Labour Department for not declaring a holiday on the polling day and making their employees work on Wednesday.
Despite the Election Commission’s call to declare holiday on the polling day and after the Labour Department too had issued warnings, some of the information technology companies and educational institutions were found to be working surreptitiously. Some even made an effort to deceive the authorities by putting up closure boards outside but made the staff work inside, Labour Department officials said.
The officials led by Deputy Commissioner of Labour (Ranga Reddy), S. Naresh Kumar, took up inspections of various firms located at Madhapur, Kondapur and Gachibowli from early in the morning and booked cases against as many as eight of the 17 firms visited for running offices against the EC directions. Other firms in the dock included Timec Software at Cyber Pearl, HCL on the same campus in Madhapur, Module Solutions Ltd., Narayana Techno Schools, Andaraki Ayurdevam at Ayyappa Society and a few others.
“The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bhanwarlal, and Labour Commissioner Ashok specifically instructed us to check out offices in the Cyberabad area for violations considering last year’s experience,” informed Mr. Kumar.
Cases are to be booked against these firms under section 21 (2) of the A.P. Shops and Establishments Act, he added.