Indian services industry pulls out of Japan

Given the Japanese radiation crisis deepening at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Indian IT organisations Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies, MindTree, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and L&T Infotech are taking no chances as they call back employees from Japan.

Infosys had started the process of bringing back its employees three days ago. It has about 350 employees in couple of offices in Japan, one of them in Tokyo.

Sources close to Infosys said: “Initially, it wasn’t clear if the employees are coming back or not but given the crisis, management has decided to bring back all the employees and started the process of booking tickets.”

Wipro Technologies has offices in Yokohoma and Okinawa. The Indian IT services group has decided to bring back its employees to India and made an arrangement for a chartered flight with Air India.

Saurabh Govil, senior vice president, Wipro HR said: “Wipro is making arrangements for its onsite employees’ travel, including seats on a chartered Air India flight. We will facilitate their working from home or temporarily relocate to safer parts of Japan. Extensive business continuity measures have been put in place so that our customer operations are not impacted.”

HCL Technologies has given an open option to all its employees in Japan – Indian or Non-Indian – to relocate to another location or go on leave. HCL has 400 employees in Japan, Indians making up 50 percent of the total number.

An insider said: “Either the employees may take leave or may also work from China, Singapore or India, but on Japan’s timings.”

MindTree has asked its employees to move their families immediately and will keep a close look on the situation before deciding on bringing back the employees.

L&T Infotech has hired Kingfisher Airlines to operate a special flight on March 17 to bring back its 185 employees and their families back to India.