LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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‘Work From Home’ Relation To Environment

Many businesses and employers are now opting to a complete social distancing norm by adopting the ‘Work From Home’ (WFH) strategy owing to the COVID-19 crisis. The WFH option erstwhile considered to be a niche choice for some of the employees in the IT sector is now witnessing robust usage across all the sectors. WFH implementation has witnessed a boost in productivity and efficiency while contributing to reduced carbon emissions and clean air. WFH now as an enabler will also help employees to maintain work-life balance as the same promotes zero carbon emissions and thus causes lesser traffic jams in cities due to reduced mobility. Employees no longer need to work hard to reach the office and thus otherwise get affected by the office environment to boost productivity. The new working pattern has created ample opportunities to work remotely thereby benefiting both the employees and employers to achieve efficiency. Hence until the pandemic settles down, the WFH option should be exploited to its fullest extent and thus make optimum utilization of talent and skills contributed by employees to the business.

Varun Dambal, BEngalURU

Climatic Changes Hit Mango Production

It is that time of the year when people enjoy the king of fruits, the ever popular mango. However delayed flowering and off-season rains has led to a delay of the arrival of the Goan Mancurad, Hilario and Xavier varieties of the mango. However in the coming couple of months the markets will be flooded with the king of fruits which will then be within the reach of the common man. We are in the midst of the pandemic and hence care needs to be taken while handling the fruit in the market. The common method used by the potential buyer to check the freshness and probably even the sweetness of the mangoes is to smell the fruit. Since there is a surge in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 in the state, it would not be advisable not to smell the mangoes displayed in the market-place. The fruit could be handled by multiple people. Since the mangoes are kept in the open in the market, there is every possibility of the virus depositing on the fruit. When one smells the fruit the virus can directly enter the respiratory tract and hence there is every possibility of the person getting infected. Of course fruits need to be washed thoroughly at home before consuming them. However smelling the mangoes at the market is a big no.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO