Pankaj Sharma

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Sorry, Prakash, I had not bookmarked the page that I browsed for this article. Now, I am not able to find it. The article was there in Indian Express online edition and it clearly mentioned that the normal labour laws does not apply to IT industry. So, software professionals have to be extra careful when signing these agreements as Govt. will not interfere and it has to be resolved between employer and employee.
16 years ago
I was shocked to find out that Indian labour laws does not apply to IT sector in India. So, you can't even sue the company under Labour laws.
I think now in India, IT is a mature industry and employes more than 3 million people in India. It is high time that Govt. takes stock of this industry and try to regularize it or it can go like Cricket in India where only BCCI is the ultimate authority and game is going to hell.But, winds seem to be blowing in reverse direction. Recently, Narendra K Patni (CEO, Patni Computer Systems Limited) recieved the coveted 'Udyog Bhushan' award by Indian Govt. It is nothing but a slap on face of Indian youngters and programmers.

"It is time to unite"
16 years ago

Even if law is made,attraction of going abroad and earning money(which is not wrong anyway)will not fade away.and people will sign these kind of agreements/bonds.



I am not against signing of these agreements/bonds if they are logical and justifies their purpose. But, if these agreements are used to harass and dodge the fresh minds, then they become exploitative. Agreement should be fully transparent and justified. Only then, it meets its purpose and adds to business.
16 years ago

The Fortune 500 companies who buy products made with prison labor are not going to care about bonds, except to wish they could get away with it in the US. They only care about bad publicity, and exploited Indian programmers will not arouse much sympathy in the US media.



Well, Mike we are living in globalized world and whatever happens to IT workers anywhere in the world affects US workers also. See the whole debate on outsourcing and it is more when Indian IT companies are acquiring US firms to expand their businesses. As Patni acquired Cymbal Corporation for $68 million. So, it boils down to that it will affect US workers also.

Friends, I am not against outsourcing but I am against outsourcing to companies like Patni which exploit the IT workers and results in loss of both US and Indian IT professionals and results only in benefits to CEOs of outsourced and outsourcing companies.

Dheeraj
16 years ago
Prakash, let me first respond to you. Patni expectes not only "freshers" but the experienced person having experience of even more than 2 years and having the same amount of Rs 1.5-2 lakhs (4000 US $) to sign a legal agreement and this legal agreement is one sided means that company can terminate services of employee for any reason but employee can't do it. Moreover, the legal agreement is executed by employee himself and family member of employee. I was also an experienced person when I joined Patni and I was not given even a single day of training, not even induction programme that is given to employees of other companies. On the second day of my joining, I was put into the project of one premier fortune 500 company the name of which I will not like to reveal.

Bonds may be justified in Indian Army, as this relates to security of nation. But, the bonds by IT company are nothing but exploitation.

I think that the best way to fight the bonds is to inform their premier customers the so called Fortune 500 companies, which if they come to know, they may pressurize companies like Patni to stop the exploitation of employees.

One more thing, Infosys requires to sign a service agreement for 1 year from freshers, but they give a training for 3 months to freshers and what they only want is the refund of that amount if the employee leaves the company.

It is the company like "Patni" which indulges in illegal and exploitative practices.

Arjun, thanks very much for the link. I am contacing the lawyers to get my case strengthened.


Pankaj
16 years ago
Hi Mark,

As per the naming ploicy, I have updated my first name and last name. Now, i am more bold considering the support of you people.

Pankaj
16 years ago
Arjun, think impossible and you will succeed. Think possible and you will fail. I know that their management is influential but they can't continue the exploitation of employees. The time has come for the software fraternity to unite and stop the exploitation of relatively unexperienced people. I don't know of any other industry other than software which goes to such an extent in exploiting employees having relatively less experience.

Arjun, you and I can make a huge difference in bettering the lives of our community.

Regarding development centers, yes, they are having 7 development centres, but 90% of their employees are based in Mumbai and around Mumbai.They recruit people all over from India to get the cheapest labour and then base all of them in Mumbai and areas around Mumbai

Thanks,

"Unity is strength"
16 years ago
Hi,

In addition to this, company requires the employee to sign a bond of Rs 2.5 lakh (around 5000 US $) if he/she wants to go outside on H-1B visa to work at client's location even if he goes only for one day !!!
16 years ago
Hi All,

I would like to draw your attention towards employee worst exploitation and harrassment by Patni Computer Systems (India's sixth largest software exports company). Any IT Professional that is having less than 3 years of experience is required to sign a one sided (Patni) 2 year service agreement. During the tenure of this agreement, if the employee leaves the company, he is required to pay amount of Rs 1.5 to 2 lakhs (around 3500-4000 US $).The salary given to the employee ranges from Rs 1,30,000 to 1,80,000 per year (only around 2500 - 3500 US $ yearly). During the tenure of this agreement, he is harrassed at all levels. Firstly, he is thrown out of his home and is placed in Mumbai. When he enters Mumbai with lots of hopes in his mind, he is treated like a bonded labour when he arrives. He is given very low grade jobs which results in devastation of employee career, but, the company benefits very much as no one it can find to do these kind of jobs.Company earns around 72000 US $ per employee yearly but the employee is given only 1/20 th of this amount.Their HR policy is even more worse than this. You don't get any increments or appraisals during this tenure.

Company has some fortune 500 clients like GE, Motorola, Hitachi etc..
I will request these companies to terminate their all businesses with this company in the interest of Indian worker.

Aslo, I would like the help of my community to initiate legal proceedings against this company's exploitative policies

Thanks,

Fighter against exploitation of Software Professionals in India
16 years ago