Cutting jobs concept for downsizing or unemployment issues
26: Just 52 days ago,the office of Lelafe, a renowned IT company at
Industrial Estate Rangreth, was bustling with activities with more than 100
employees struggling toattend to the calls of their ever-increasing clients.
Sensing that more educational institutes and insurance
companies require software solutions, the company had gone into an overdrive to
lure more customers and increase its market share through various platforms.
Come August 5, Lelafe
had to shut their operations as government abruptly snapped internet services
across the valley.
Prolonged internet shutdown in the valley has put the
livelihood of at least 3000 techiesworking in various Kashmir-based IT
companies on the chopping block.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Most of the software companies have either
suspended their operations or shifted their business to outside the state.
Omar Ahmad, a techie, said all the 50 IT companies at Industrial
Estate Rangreth have suffered huge losses, forcing them to shift their operations
to other states albeit with limited staff.
“We never imagined a situation like this. The situation was
much worse in 2016 yet government didn’t snap lease line or broadband internet
services. We are at the verge of losing our jobs,” he said.
Khurshid Ahmad, director of Alamdar Softwares, said the companies haven’t paid their staff for
the last two months. “We alone faced loss worth Rs 10 lakh in the last two
months. Around 50 per cent of the companies shifted their staff to outside
Kashmir,” he said.
Post August 5,Kashmir has witnessed 46,000 job cuts in
different sectors ranging from IT to tourism to retail.
Hospitality sector is the worst hit with 40,000
employeeslaid-off after government issued advisory asking tourists and Amarnath
yatris to leave Kashmir citing militant threats on August 2.
Bashir Ahmad Karnai, who owns three hotels, said the current
situation has forced him to cut down his staff strength from 65 to 6.“I had to
ask my hotel staff to stay home till situation improves,” he said.
Data released by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and
Industries (KCCI) reveal that nearly 80 per cent of 1100 hotels in the valley
have been shut for the last two months.
“There are around 300 restaurants, 900 houseboats and 600
shikaras, where the staff strength has been reduced. They are unable to
function as the earnings have dropped considerably. Around 5000 tourist cab drivers
are suffering because there are no tourists,” said Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, KCCI
Similarly, nearly 3000 courier boys have lost their earnings
as courier services in the valley has been affected due to the non-availability
of internet. All the e-commerce
companies too have stopped delivering products in the valley.
“The courier boys
would be paid on the basis of commission by the companies. We haven’t laid-off our staff, but these
courier boys are sitting idle,”said Qari Zahoor Ahmad, president of KashmirCourier
Thousands of private schools teachers fear that they too
might be fired as educational institutions continues to remain shut. “We haven’t been provided salaries for last
three months now. If this continues we too might be fired,” said a teacher of a
prominent private school in Srinagar.