How did Wipro sack 300 “Moonlighters”? A viral theory behind this

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Wipro has sacked staff who worked with other IT companies simultaneously. (Representational image: Getty)

How was this work-from-home infidelity discovered by Wipro, which recently fired 300 of its employees for concurrently working for other IT firms? The corporation only described these “moonlighters” as “cheaters”; nonetheless, a Twitter user’s notion is suddenly becoming viral.

IT professionals “in their work from home avatar” joined other companies that were also in WFH mode, tweeted stock market investor Rajiv Mehta, who has over 20,000 followers and mostly posts share-trading tips.

“Same competency, double delivery,” he wrote about the moonlighting, “Two different laptops, same WiFi, catering to two different clients — all from the comfort of own home, in own hometown.”

In both networks/ jobs performing exceedingly well – just to avoid suspicion. It was impossible to catch them.

“Then who caught them ?” he wrote.

He then answered to the question by saying, “The most innocent looking, unassuming, always in the background – Provident Fund Contribution.”

PF contribution has to be deposited regularly (by the company) and its violation is a serious offence,” noted Mr Mehta.

That’s where the digital linking of documents comes in, he said.“As all Aadhaar, PAN numbers are taken by banks to open salary account, same are used to deposit PF… Systems are so beautifully integrated at the backend that it was next to impossible for these moonlighters to create two identities both financially and demographically,” according to Mr Mehta.

He claimed the dual employment was caught as PF authorities run a “daily de-duplication algorithm to check if someone has paid double accidentally”. “They found out that there are accounts of individuals where contributors are multiple.”

The PF authorities have not confirmed this.

Mr Mehta gave credit to the government’s Digital India initiative — and the interlinked infrastructure — for “working at grassroots level to weed out corruption”.

(With NDTV inputs)


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