Workforce apprehensive about turn of events post-Sankranti

A relative calm pervades the IT corridor. Few days after the Srikrishna Committee's report on Telangana was made public, people go about their work as usual. At least, for the time being.

With the electronic media toning down their broadcasts, most IT employees are under the impression that the protests are more passive this time round.

This, to a great extent, has allayed their fears on any repercussions post-Srikrishna report. However, not all their apprehensions are put to rest. Whispers have been doing the rounds on the turn of events post Sankranti break and this is leaving a majority of the IT workforce worried.

The festival sees several IT and ITeS sectors' workforce heading home in various parts of the State. And, last year's threats are still fresh in their minds.

At the peak of the agitation last January, pro-Telangana activists threatened to obstruct Andhra and Rayalaseema people from returning to the capital, but desisted in the last minute. Nonetheless, some are not taking any chances. “I did not want to take any chances. I booked my flight tickets (for the return journey) well in advance,” said one IT professional M. Sruti.

That said, with the city being more or less peaceful, even taking in stride a bandh call, IT companies in Madhapur, Gachbowli, Banjara Hills, Somajiguda and Begumpet are heaving a sigh of relief. Part of this new-found confidence comes from everyone – government, political leaders and policy makers – acknowledging the key role of the IT sector in shaping city's economy. Any disruption in the functioning of the IT sector would affect investment in the State.