Wipro rejects NGO's charge

Wipro today dismissed allegation of exploiting the data entry executives employed for update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 31.08.17
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Abhijit Sarma

Guwahati, Aug. 30: Wipro today dismissed allegation of exploiting the data entry executives employed for update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

The company today issued a statement after Assam Public Works (APW), an NGO, moved the CBI's anti-corruption cell, demanding a probe into alleged exploitation of manpower.

In its statement, Wipro says that despite delay in receipt of payments, the company and its partner Integrated System and Service (ISS) continue to pay salaries to the data entry operators to ensure that operations remain uninterrupted and staff are not impacted.

The Wipro statement says the company has always provided services in accordance with the terms of its contract with the NRC authorities.

"We strongly condemn and deny the unsubstantiated and malicious allegations made by a section of the media," the statement says.

Yesterday, the APW had said that Dispur had fixed a salary of Rs 14,500 for each data entry operator and the payment is drawn by Wipro, the agency which is engaged by the government to supply IT manpower. It alleged that Wipro has outsourced the work of supplying IT manpower to ISS, which is a third party.

It further alleged that Wipro releases Rs 8,000 per month for each data entry executive of the ISS which pays Rs 5,050 to each executive per month.

"As per our strategy and business rules we cannot reveal the salary amount. It is very confidential as per agreement signed with an employee at the time of joining. But we want to make it clear that every data entry executive gets proper salary as per agreement," a Wipro official said.

The company's statement says:"In 2014 Wipro was appointed as the system integrator to update the NRC in Assam after a rigorous tender process. The project was commissioned by the registrar-general of India, ministry of home affairs, and is being monitored by the Supreme Court. Wipro entered into a partnership with a local company to train and deploy data entry operators across the state to update the NRC. Wipro has also developed the software and IT infrastructure for this project."

Reacting to the statement, APW president Abhijit Sarma said: "The salary amount of a data entry executive was revealed by state coordinator of NRC Prateek Hajela a few days ago. Our demand is to provide at least minimum amount as salary to an executive. Wipro has violated the wages act for skilled labourers."

Hajela had yesterday rubbished the APW's allegations. "Our focus is on quality and getting the NRC out on time," he had said.