India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly backed the work-from-home ecosystem and the flexibility it provides, calling it the future. He mentioned that India missed taking advantage of the third three industrial revolutions because it couldn´t keep up with the changes in the corporate world.
India continues debating whether remote work is efficient or not. For instance, Harsh Goenka, chairman of the RPG group, triggered a debate earlier this month when he warned IT sector employees were having a mediocre trajectory when working from home “Employees now need to come back to the office, at least on some days of the week. We need to foster the spirit and mission of the organization, the culture, the creativity, the camaraderie, and the water cooler talk. Working from home is no longer a viable long-term option,”
India & Remote Work
Prime Minister Modi remarked on the importance of embracing remote work as part of the current revolution. During his inaugural address at the 44th national conference of labor ministers and secretaries of all states and union territories, he mentioned:
“The need of the hour is flexible workplaces, the work-from-home ecosystem, and flexible work hours. We can utilize systems like a flexible workplace as an opportunity to increase women’s labor force participation. By making the right use of women’s power, India can achieve its goals faster.”
Modi said his government had removed many old laws in the past eight years to keep up with the current workforce and the market.
“The country is now changing, reforming, and simplifying such labor laws. With this in mind, 29 labour laws have been converted into four simple labour codes. This will ensure the empowerment of workers via minimum wages, job security, social security, and health security,”