KTR Downplays IT Meltdown, Layoffs

Telangana IT Minister KTR has made light of the stories which predict large scale retrenchment of jobs by IT majors. He said it is nothing extraordinary in IT industry to retrench people.

Hyderabad: Telangana Information Technology minister K T Rama Rao tried to downplay the reported layoffs by Indian IT companies. Speaking to media at an event on Monday, he said that retrenchment of the employees is common in IT industry.

Saying that the focus on people being retrenched is too much, he said that it is a natural part of IT and ICT companies. “It’s not like it is happening for the first time. Such process takes place every year,” the minister said.

Recently a few employees of Cognizant approached State Labour Department alleging that the IT Company was forcibly taking resignations from employees citing poor performance, while the IT major clarified that performance reviews are done to ensure the company has the right skillset needed to meet client obligations and achieve business goals.

Various news reports were warning of layoffs in the IT sector.

On Sunday, executive search firm Head Hunters India stated that job cuts in IT sector will be around 2lakh per year for the next three years due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies.

A report by McKinsey & Company said that in the coming 3-4 years almost half of the workforce in the IT services firms will be irrelevant.

Meanwhile, when asked about IT and IT-enabled services exports from the State in 2016-17, KTR said they are expected to be above all India growth rate. Last year Telangana recorded Rs. 75,000 crores worth of IT exports.

He claimed that Telangana tops the chart in digital transactions.

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Kansas Shooting: Do We Belong Here, Asks Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s Wife

Kansas City: Sunayana Dumala, wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was shot dead in firing by a racist, said in view of the series of shooting incidents she always felt that staying on in the US is not a good option. But Srinivas always said only good will happen to good people.

Speaking to media at GPS- Maker Garmin, Sunayana said that she wondered with this tragic incident whether she actually belongs to the US.

‘ I wonder what steps US government will take  to stop shooting incidents on minorities,’ she added.

kansas-shooting-do-we-belong-here-asks-srinivas-kuchibhotlas-wifeMarried four years ago, the couple who were planning for a baby this year faced tragic shooting incident in Austin bar at Kansas where Srinivas died on the spot and his friend Alok Madasani was  injured. Madasani was discharged from hospital on Friday and Indian consulate General of Houston Anupam Ray is monitoring the current situation.

The US Government condemned the attack on Srinivas and assured thorough probe into the incident. This reply was in turn to Indian government which had taken up the issue with the US authorities demanding speedy probe.

Telangana IT Minister KTR condemns attack: Telanagana IT Minister K. Taraka Rama rao condemned the attack on two Telugu techies in Kansas and  urged US government to take necessary steps in controlling attacks on Indians. We lost Vamsi last month, now Srinivas, these incidents make me hurt, my deep condolenses to their families, Minister said.

Vamsi and Srinivas who were shot dead in US belong to Hyderabad, Telangana.

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Digital classes launched in 1500 schools

  • Quality education to students

Hyderabad: Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari and IT Minister K T Rama Rao launched digital classes in 1500 schools simultaneously from Mana TV premises here on Wednesday.      

Speaking on the occasion, Srihari said they have launched digital classes in first phase to offer the best education. The digital classes with standards will help students polish up their knowledge through quality learning, he said. Srihari, who also holds education portfolio, said the government wants to offer world class education free of cost. The parents should take responsibility to get better education to their children who should make use of digital classes. The government began the exercise of improving the education system in the state to excel others, he said.

KTR said the government has launched digital classes to provide quality education to students. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants to take technology to the doorsteps of people who should be in a position to use it. KTR averred that technology is waste and of no use if it is not used for the common man. 

Mana TV has already launched classes for those preparing for Group-II examinations and is reaching out to every household in the state. Lauding the role cable operators have played in taking Mana TV services to the people,  the IT Minister said that programmes will be expanded in future. Latest technology will be taken to the people through Mana TV and to offer quality education to the students. IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Mana TV CEO Shailesh Reddy and other officials were present.

Minister for Animal Husbandry Talasani Srnivas Yadav launched the digital classes ‘qat’ at a function held at the Government High School on Dharamkaran Road in Ameerpet. 


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KTR greets US Vice-President elect Mike Pence

Hyderabad: IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao today congratulated Mike Pence Vice-President-elect of the United States of America in the election results announced on Wednesday.

Extending congratulations through a twitter, the minister said he was glad to have met him earlier this year. The IT Minister also expressed hope that the US and India relations will grow stronger in future.


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