How badly do strikes affect Nepal’s IT?

The unnecessary strike that sometimes turns ugly grasps Nepal and its major cities once in a while. The strikes that are called upon with ill motives affect each and every industrial sector and every class of people. Given the mobility with which IT industry can work, people might think that Banda or Strikes do not affect Nepal’s IT sector. After all, all they need to work is a computer and the internet and they’re off.

Today we will dig deep and discover the truth of it.

While it is true that IT is a very mobile sector and allows you to operate remotely, it is not entirely true that IT is a one-off sector that is not affected by Bandas.

Effect on the telecom sectors

Effect on telecom services

The actual telecom services run smoothly in Bandhs because at the moment, the demonstrators are not potent enough to halt these services. And I hope they will never be. Recently, though, the demonstrators launched an assault on the communication tower of Ncell, now owned by Axiata group.

So, it will be safe to say that the telecom services are not affected by these strikes.

Effect on customer service and daily operation

Customer services are severely affected by the Bandhs which includes whole Nepal’s IT sector . The service providers and workers cannot make it to their jobs because of the lockdown of the public and private transportation. Everything that demands physical presence is postponed for another day.

Effect on the IT organizations

The main problem that strikes the Nepal’s IT guys when they work remotely is procrastination. When there is no sword hanging over their head, they can wander off to lesser important things such as social media sites. There is no boss or manager in their home who can sneak in quietly to snoop into what they are actually doing. You are your own boss and your manager.

Very few and top companies use a monitoring system (such as Surveilstar, Screenshot monitor or Web Watcher)to track their worker’s activities. So, working from home is not very efficient.

I think this quote from “The Alchemist” is relevant here. So, I am going to include it. “Everybody seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives but none about his or her own.”

This only epitomizes the Steve Job’s saying, “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” And that’s what the managers are there for- to get the jobs done- one way or the other- some of which might stick to this ethic even in Bandhs.

Effect on educational institutions

The sector that is hit hardest by closure is the educational institution- whether they are universities, colleges or training institutes. They take the best shot of bandhs/strike to their gut. Almost all educational institutions remain closed during these strikes- courtesy of the student associations that are very active in the educational institutions of Nepal – the focal point that fuels the demonstrator’s numbers.

The Last Word- from the general perspective

It is hard to believe but in recent times, the frequency of the “Bandhs” has actually gone down. Gone are the days when the Bandhs used to stretch for an indefinite time frame. But work still needs to be done to completely get rid of it.

It is up to us- the people to resist these Bandakartas and stand against them. But unfortunately, that is not going to happen because we think that we are too futile to stand against them. That is the bitter truth.