Take Up H1B Visa With US, Opposition Tells Government
Centre waiting for official word from Trump Administration
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.