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रविवार, 5 सितंबर 2021

Panchjanya attack on Infosys: A first for India Inc; Govt and trade bodies silent

Panchjanya attack on Infosys: A first for India Inc; Govt and trade bodies silent

TCSN Desk 

Mumbai 05 Sep 21

RSS-affiliated journal Panchajanya’s attack on Infosys suggesting it was working at the behest of “anti-national forces,” was met with silence from the BJP, the Central Government, and leading industry bodies.

One of the few voices that came out in the software major’s support was that of T V Mohandas Pai, former Infosys Chief Financial Officer. Defending the firm’s work on the GST backend infrastructure as well as on the new Income Tax Portal, Pai said the writer seemed unaware of “how large projects are done.

“Before a project like this is released,” Pai told The Sunday Express, “there is something called a user acceptance test — the product is handed over to the client. Only after they do rigorous testing, is it released to the public. It is obvious that the department (Income Tax) owes responsibility for not doing adequate testing.”

Industry bodies CII, FICCI and NASSCOM did not respond to mails while a senior official with an Indian conglomerate downplayed the attack saying a “one-off” statement “should not be taken too seriously.”

Emails sent to Infosys and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology seeking comments did not elicit any response.

Naushad Forbes, co-chairman, Forbes Marshall, said that the RSS is a private body and “if it wishes to express its opinion (via the piece), they have the right to do so and are free to do so. That’s what freedom of speech is all about.”

A senior BJP leader said that the article and its “tone” were “unfortunate.” A company like Infosys, he said, “would not deliberately mess up such an important project.”

“Infosys is a reputed firm in India and is well-respected globally. The CEO and other officials are saying they are on the job and we believe them. But they should deliver as time is running out,” said BJP spokesperson Gopal Krishna Agrawal said. He did not react to the Panchajanya article.