VPN norms relaxed for IT industry till July-end

Joanna Estrada
April 30, 2020

Work From Home Needs to Popularise, Relaxation on Money Deposits & Clearances Extended Till July 31 to Ease WFH: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The style of working has changed for nearly all the sectors due to the pandemic, as evident from 80 per cent of geeks working from home the world over.

The Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that steps would be taken to strengthen Bharat Net to provide better internet facilities. The deadline for the easier norms was to end on April 30.

As uncertainty over the lockdown remains, the government has made a decision to extend the relaxed connectivity norms for virtual private networks (VPNs) - applicable for IT and BPO companies - till July 31 from the current April 30.

Companies were earlier not allowed to connect the office VPN to a home infrastructure. "We will aspire that work from home should become a new norm", said Prasad while asking the participants to encourage young entrepreneurs investing in new startups.

Currently, over 90 per cent of the IT workforce is working from home and only those performing critical functions are going to offices. "More and more products for Aarogya Setu app, e-pass, linkage with the district officials, all I have agreed to immediately", he said, according to PTI.

He also asked MeitY to explore the possibility of integrating a system for issuing ePass during lockdown with Aarogya Setu - a demand from a few states.

Later while speaking to reporters, Prasad said his ministry is constantly monitoring spread of fake news on social media platforms and that companies have told the government of strong progress they have made in removing such content.

The development comes after Prasad held a meeting with state IT ministers through video conferencing. He cautioned that any inaction by companies in clamping down on fake news would be met with consequences at the Centre and state levels, as well as police action.

The minister clarified that the govt's position was not against any country, but was merely pro-India. As more and more manufacturers look to shift base from China, India's recent electronics incentives could become an attraction for them.

"A great opportunity beckons India, and we already have policies in place".

Narayan explained to Prasad how the state was providing education and other services online, with over 500 techies working at the call centre with the "Apthamitra" helpline.

During his interaction with state Chief Ministers, IT ministers and officials, Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that major opportunity in the electronic manufacturing sector is likely to open up for India soon.

Ravi Shankar Prasad appealed to states and IT companies to respond to this opportunity by ramping up electronics production.

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