In the wake of the reported layoffs in the IT industry, Karnataka information technology (IT) minister Priyank Kharge on Wednesday said the state government can provide legal assistance to the affected employees as they may not be able to comprehend the various legalities of the labour laws. Interacting with mediapersons on the sidelines of an event here on Wednesday, Kharge said: “We have been talking to employee unions and they have communicated that they are legally ill-equipped and I have offered them that support.” The minister said the government was trying to understand the demands of the various platforms representing the affected IT employees. “We will try and understand their concerns completely and then will speak to the other side, that is the employers as well,” he added.
Various IT employee unions have given their representations to the minister, seeking action against companies which have reportedly engaged in layoffs. On the reskilling efforts by the IT companies, the minister said this was a constant process and added that employees need to keep themselves abreast with the latest technologies. Kharge said the state government is planning to come up with centres of excellence in various emerging technology areas such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and animation. “We are very keen on becoming the skill capital as well for the emerging technologies to ensure that the jobs remain here in Bengaluru,” he said.