Indian IT company recalls Bahrain staff
Manama, March 22, 2011
An Indian IT company operating in Bahrain has decided to recall some of its staff due to the current unrest, it emerged.
Bangalore-based Wipro had deployed its staff to work on various projects in Bahrain, including family members.
'We are concerned about the safety of our employees and their families and are in constant touch with them,' said Wipro India, Middle East and Africa senior vice-president and business head Anand Sankaran.
'Around 17 expatriate employees (36 people including dependants) have already returned to India.
'The remaining employees continue to operate in Bahrain as of now and are safe.'
Sankaran told our sister newspaper Gulf Daily News (GDN) that they were closely monitoring the situation in Bahrain.
'Our employees are advised to take adequate precautions based on the situation on the ground,' he said.
'We are also in constant touch with our clients and have invoked our business continuity plans to ensure work continues with minimal disruption.
'We are committed to Bahrain and will continue our business operations there.'
Meanwhile, Tata Consultancy Services brought back 20 of its staff in Bahrain, including dependants, to India, according to media reports.
The Indian External Affairs Ministry had advised Indians whose presence is not essential in Bahrain to consider leaving and avoid all non-essential travel within the country.
'There is a law and order situation in Bahrain and security forces are sorting it out,' said Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed.
'Indians are safe and there is no cause for concern. Indians in Bahrain have been asked to approach their association and its volunteers for help in an emergency.'-TradeArabia News Service