Hyderabad, Apr 25 UNI | 3 months ago

Even after Election Commission of India made it clear that companies in the information technology sector are not exempted and will have to declare a paid holiday on the day of polling, it is observed that many IT companies have not yet announced a paid Holiday in Telangana on April 30.

As per the provision of Section 135 B (i) of the Representation of People (RP) Act, every person employed in any business, trade, industrial undertaking or any other stablishment and entitled to vote, shall be granted a holiday on April 30, the day of poll, Telangana IT Association (TITA) president Sundeep Kumar Makthala said in a statement here today.

'Presently, there are around 1200 IT companies in Hyderabad and as per our sources, only less than 30 per cent IT companies have officially announced a paid holiday on April 30.

Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.

As per the information received by us, some companies are granting two-hour permission for employees to cast their votes. Practically this may be very absurd as majority of the IT employees must travel to remote places to cast their votes.

Considering the above cases, we request all the IT companies to announce a paid holiday for the employees to cast their votes, Mr Makthla added.

(Posted on 25-04-2014)