IT-major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has decided to shut down its operations in Lucknow. The decision will affect almost 2,000 employees, including 50 per cent women.
According to reports, TCS has said that the employees working at the Lucknow will be relocated to Noida and Varanasi office and there will be no layoffs.
The company will shift most of its projects to Noida, close to the national capital, by this December. Team leaders informed the employees on Wednesday about the decision.
“Rumours and reports are being circulated in the media about the company’s operations in Lucknow. TCS would like to clarify that it is only consolidating its UP operations in Noida and there will be no job loss as a consequence,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.
The company has reportedly asked employees to accept transfers or look for jobs elsewhere.
The TCS decision is a setback for the state government that has plans to turn Lucknow into northern India’s IT hub.
The government announced recently its industry policy to attract investment in UP and allocated Rs 40 crore in its annual budget for software education.
Many employees have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union information and technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma to persuade the company to stay in Lucknow.