1. H1B visa row: Ravi Shankar Prasad says Indian IT companies have conquered the world, they create and not steal jobs in US

H1B visa row: Ravi Shankar Prasad says Indian IT companies have conquered the world, they create and not steal jobs in US

Responding to the H1B visa row, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said, if multinational companies have made big businesses then Indian minds have contributed to it immensely

By: | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2017 2:38 PM
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Responding to the H1B visa row, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said, if multinational companies have made big businesses then Indian minds have contributed to it immensely. Saying that there is a need for reciprocity, Prasad said after conquering the world Indian IT companies should explore the vast market of Digital India. “Indian IT companies create jobs they do not steal jobs either in USA or in any other country. If multinational companies have made big business then Indian minds have also immensely contributed. There is a need for reciprocity. Indian IT companies have conquered the world. Now it is their time to look back inside India and explore the vast market of #DigitalIndia,” he said.

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Prasad was speaking at an event in Bangalore where he interacted with the representatives of Indian IT Industry. Indian IT companies are present in 200 cities of 50 countries. He added that emerging opportunities in areas of Artificial Intelligence, big data etc present a huge opportunity for Indian IT companies. “Opportunities in emerging areas of Artificial Intelligence, big data etc present a huge opportunity for Indian IT companies,” said Prasad.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Tuesday that would tighten rules that award visas to skilled foreign workers and directs the federal government to enforce rules that bar foreign contractors from bidding on federal projects. The order is a first effort to promote a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda, a key promise Trump made during the poll campaign. The order calls for enforcing guest worker programmes more aggressively in a way that they don’t become a means for replacing or undercutting American labour at less cost and taking action to crack down on fraud and abuse of the visa programmes.

(with input from agency)

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