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Tight security blanket for IT firms in AP

Hundreds of IT and ITeS companies located in the IT district of Madhapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad are all set to slip into a high security cover in anticipation of trouble after the submission of a report on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

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KV Ramana

Updated: Mar 30, 2018, 03:55 AM IST

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Hundreds of IT and ITeS companies located in the IT district of Madhapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad are all set to slip into a high security cover in anticipation of trouble after the submission of a report on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

A committee led by Justice Srikrishna is expected to submit its report on creation of a separate Telangana state on Thursday. The police anticipate trouble in case the committee recommends against the creation of the new state.

Various IT and ITeS companies including industry majors like Microsoft, Oracle, Google, HSBC, Infosys, TCS, Satyam and Wipro apart from dozens of small and medium companies are located in the IT district of Madhapur.

According to sources, the central paramilitary forces are likely to provide cover to all these companies. “About two companies of paramilitary forces are being deployed in Madhapur for securing the area and ensure that the operations of these IT and ITeS companies go on uninterrupted,” a senior official source told DNA.

IT and ITeS establishments have been the worst affected during the Telangana agitation with protestors disrupting the logistics of the companies.

Exactly a year ago, during the peak Christmas season, several BPOs providing credit card and bank transaction processing services to some of the global banking companies had to bear the brunt with the employees of these companies facing difficulties in reaching the offices on time following the road blocks created by protestors.

“IT companies were not affected much during the last season since most of the tech workers were on their year-end vactation. The effect was more on BPOsand financial processing companies that were handling credit card and other accounts,” a logistics head of an IT company said.   

“Though most of them had multi-year and multi-dollar contracts with their clients, there was a major credibility loss since the systems were down during the Christmas shopping season since the employees were not able to reach the offices. Hope the same situation would not be repeated this time,” the official said.

Bosses of the IT companies argue that their investments in Hyderabad were never due to the fact that the state is united.

“We looked at various factors like the temperature in Hyderabad and the advantages in the city being landlocked without having any border issues. Availability of HR is a major reason. All that we want now from the government is security to our assets and manpower. We are not really bothered if the state is going to be bifurcated or united,” CEO of an ITeS company said.

The IT district of Madhapur provides employment to about 1.5 lakh professionals and has over 1,000 IT companies in all categories.

According to government sources, the IT area would be almost sealed from all directions to ensure that only the authorized personnel access the area and the protestors do not find their way into the IT companies. However, the IT company officials are more worried about the logistics and disruptions on the main roads of Hyderabad.

“The IT companies have their own security arrangements too. We have already asked the government to ensure smooth passage of our employees on other roads of Hyderabad. We really don’t know how that pans out over the next few days,” another IT company official said.

“We deployed two companies of paramilitary forces for Madhapur Zone. As it is we have intensified security in this area keeping in view of the IT industry. We do not anticipate any trouble in this area as everyone knows that the IT industry is breadwinner for the State,” Vijay Kumar, DCP, Madhapur, Cyberabad said.

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