05 November 2010

US Visa hikes, anti-outsourcing sentiments are of grave concern says Indian Minister

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Steps in the US against outsourcing and US Visa fee hikes were grave issues, the Indian Minister of State for Communications and Technology Sachin Pilot said yesterday.

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Obama's visit to India has brought up the issue of the US Visa fee hikes and outsourcing bans.

“The issues of the hiked visa fees, denial of visa sometimes, the issue of strong steps against outsourcing, these are very important and contentious issues that have been brought to my notice also, and the Government of India has already taken up these issues at the highest levels, and in the future also,” Pilot said while launching a new telecom scheme in New Delhi.

Pilot said he was sure these issues will be adequately addressed at appropriate levels in future but they were a matter of concern.

US President Barack Obama will arrive in India tomorrow, and discussions on future trade and cooperation issues are likely to include the increase in US Visa fees and a ban on out-sourcing by the state of Ohio, both moves which have greatly impacted on the $60 billion IT sector created by Indian companies in the US.


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