Karnataka bandh effect: Wipro declares holiday for staff on Thursday

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Updated: Jan 25, 2018 9:44 AM

India's third-largest IT company Wipro Ltd declared a holiday on Thursday following the Karnataka bandh called by a pro-Kannada group which is likely to disturb normal life at many places in the state.

Wipro Technologies reported lower than estimated net profitOn account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Ltd has declared a holiday for employees in Karnataka today. (Image: Reuters)

India’s third-largest IT company Wipro Ltd declared a holiday on Thursday following the Karnataka bandh called by a pro-Kannada group which is likely to disturb normal life at many places in the state. On the account of a state-wide shutdown, normal life in Karnataka had been disrupted including schools, offices, colleges, and transportation. The capital city Bengaluru has been facing troubles as the tech city of India incubates most of the leading IT workplaces. Taking a precautionary measure, Wipro Ltd declared a holiday for the employees in the state of Karnataka in order to avoid any difficulty faced by the workforce.

“On account of the shutdown called by various organizations, as a precautionary measure, Wipro Limited has declared holiday for employees in Karnataka today. Business Continuity Plans have been invoked to avoid disruption to mission critical project,” ANI posted a tweet citing a statement by Wipro.

The bandh has been called over the decades-long Mahadayi river dispute. According to Indian Express, the Associated Management of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka have asked private schools to think of the security of students and staff before deciding on whether to remain closed or stay open on Thursday. The Banglore University has postponed all exams scheduled for January 25. However, the university has said that the time and venue of the exams will remain same. Students can check revised schedule on the varsity’s website –  bangaloreuniversity.ac.in.

Bengaluru City Police tweets, “We have deployed our officers and staffs for security arrangements all over the city tomorrow. Any miscreants found troubling public or making any nuisance affecting the public will be firmly dealt with stringent measures.” Government offices, hospitals, banks and post offices will function normally, while trains and flights will operate normally.

Bengaluru and other cities of the state face the prospect of a shutdown because of the bandh called just a day before the Republic Day celebrations. The 25 January Karnataka bandh has been called by several pro-Kannada groups, which are seeking a speedy resolution of the decades-old Mahadayi river water dispute. Most private school managements have decided to remain shut, but government schools district administrations have been authorized to take a decision, depending on the situation. The pro-Kannada organizations have called the bandh on January 25 from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. The Karnataka bandh tomorrow is likely to disturb normal life at several places in the state. Several pro-Kannada organisations and farmer outfits will participate in the Karnataka bandh tomorrow against the Centre’s alleged apathy towards the Mahadayi dispute.

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