Take Up H1B Visa With US, Op­po­si­tion Tells Gov­ern­ment

Cen­tre wait­ing for of­fi­cial word from Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Op­po­si­tion mem­bers sought to draw the gov­ern­ment’s at­ten­tion on re­ports that the US ad­min­is­tra­tion was tight­en­ing norms for grant­ing H1-B visas, and its po­ten­tial ad­verse im­pacts on In­dian IT pro­fes­sion­als, in the Ra­jya Sabha on Mon­day. While Tri­namool Congress MPs staged a demon­stra­tion in the Par­lia­ment House com­plex seek­ing the gov­ern­ment’s at­ten­tion to “se­cure in­ter­ests of In­dian IT firms” in the­wakeof TrumpAd­min­is­tra­tion’s out­look to­wards out­sourc­ing, its Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Derek O’Brien raised the is­sue in the House.

“We need to pro­tect th­ese com­pa­nies… they do not need ‘pro­tec­tion’ in a neg­a­tive way,” O’Brien said rais­ing the is­sue dur­ing Zero Hour. Sim­i­lar at­ten­tion was drawn by CPM leader Si­taram Yechury dur­ing his speech on the mo­tion of thanks to the Pres­i­dent’s ad­dress. Yechury cau­tioned the gover nment against act­ing as a “sub­or­di­nate ally” of the US and de­manded that the gov­ern­ment help clear the un­cer­tainty caused by the new US ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“There are about five lakh In­dian youth in IT sec­tor work­ing on H1B visas. There is a com­plete sense of un­cer­tainty. But, there is not a word from the gov­ern­ment (on this is- sue),” Yechury said high­light­ing the is­sue. The is­sue was flagged off by Sa­ma­jwadi Party mem­ber San­jay Seth also in his speech. “Our gov­ern­ment should talk to the US gov­ern­ment to en­sure that our youth doesn’t lose their jobs,” Seth said. The gov­ern­ment main­tained a si­lence on the is­sue.

A se­nior gov­ern­ment func­tionary cited the ex­am­ple of a high-level ex­ec­u­tive of a top IT firm’s In­dian sub­sidiary who pre­dicted that the prop o s e d move wo u l d h i t the bot­tom­lines of top IT ma­jors.

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