New Delhi: Diversified financial services group Indiabulls Group has asked nearly 2,000 employees to resign from the company. The group, however, said this was part of the annual attrition cycle and claimed these were not lay-offs.
“The company typically sees an attrition of 10-15 per cent of its workforce every year during April-May in the normal course of business. This year we waited till we got clarity from the Supreme Court and MHA. There are no layoffs other than in the normal course of business due to attrition and as per the performance trend of the entire year and not just a couple of months,” Indiabulls Group said in a statement.
The group did not disclose any specific numbers.
The group employs more than 26,000 people and in FY2019-20 itself, it added more than 7,000 new members, the statement said.
Recently, employees of the group’s housing finance arm Indiabulls Housing Finance claimed that they were asked to resign from the company by their reporting manager on May 15, 2020, with their last working day as May 31, 2020.
A few employees of the mortgage lender told PTI that they were not being allowed to serve the three-month notice period.
“Our appointment letter mentions a notice period of three months from both parties. We had requested them to let us serve the notice period so that we can look for a new job,” an employee told PTI.
The company’s spokesperson, however, said the notice period will vary as per the contract of employees.
Some employees of the company have claimed that they received a transfer order as they have not submitted their resignation.
“I am currently in Noida and the company has transferred to the southern part of the country. They want me to report to duty from the new location from May 25, 2020. How am I supposed to reach there?” said another employee who shared the transfer order issued to her by the company on May 20, 2020 with PTI.
The spokesperson said the company is continuously having dialogue on the issue with the employees.
Many employees also took to a microblogging site to vent their discontent over the drastic step taken by the company.
“#indiabulls firing is forcing us to resign without any notice period I am only one source for my family who is earning and manage,” one Vandana Chaudhari tweeted.
Another employee of the company, Uday Sheth, tweeted, “Sir/madam Since last two years I am the employee of INDIABULLS HOUSING FINANCE LTD yesterday(15/05/2020) suddenly I got the whatsapp call of my seniors and they forcing us to resign and 31/05/2020 will be your last day. In current situation were we get job.”
On March 31, the group had pledged Rs 21 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund. “This outbreak has spared no nation, and it will take the collective spirit of our entire country to best fight it. Indiabulls Group will aim to support every effort towards that objective,” said chairman Sameer Gehlaut.
(With PTI inputs from Mumbai)