ANDHRA PRADESH

Silent protest by Satyam recruits

In despair: Freshers of 2008 hold placards in protest in front of Satyam Infocity campus at Madhapur on Wednesday.

In despair: Freshers of 2008 hold placards in protest in front of Satyam Infocity campus at Madhapur on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: - Photo: Mohd.Yousuf

Yogendra Kalavalapalli

6,000 get job offer letters



Satyam sends coffee to demonstrators

Head of Global HR assures jobs to recruits



HYDERABAD: The scam-tainted Satyam Computer Services put up a brave front on Wednesday when it assured the students to whom it had issued job offer letters in campus placements, that it would consider employing them depending on the requirement.

Satyam had given such job offer letters to over 6,000 graduates, who passed out of engineering courses in 2008 from across the country. The company’s assurance came from S.V. Krishnan, Satyam’s head of Global Human Resources, when the youngsters, held a demonstration in front of the Satyam Infocity campus at Madhapur.

During the four-hour-long demonstration, more than 150 candidates sat in front of Satyam office holding placards expressing their solidarity with the company. There was no slogan-shouting. As there was no palpable animosity exhibited towards the company, a police patrol team kept a vigil on the demonstrators for sometime and withdrew. The protesters were from Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Discussion

Satyam officials initially ignored the protests, but sent out bottles of water and coffee to the demonstrators. The security was later asked to allow the 150-strong group into the campus. Later, afive-member delegation held a 45-minute long discussion during which it was assured that their concerns would be addressed as soon as a new CEO took over.

“Once a CEO is appointed, we will start taking fresh recruits within four weeks and depending on the requirement. We have sufficient projects on hand”, Mr. Krishnan was stated to have assured the delegation. However, the fresh recruitment would take place only after the ‘benchers’ were accommodated. They were also assured that the 2008 pass-outs would be given preference.

Personal assurance

Though the company’s assurance had placated the anxious job-seekers, there was some scepticism too. “They have been telling us the same over e-mail and telephone so far,” one recruit remarked. “I am a little hopeful, because there is a personal assurance from a top HR official,” another said.

The candidates are planning to meet the Corporate Affairs Minister Premchand Gupta in this connection.

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