Skip to comments.Outsourcing curbs will be limited: US tells India
Posted on 06/07/2003 11:42:27 AM PDT by sarcasm
WASHINGTON: American lawmakers and officials have allayed India's apprehensions over curbs on outsourcing of jobs from US to India as also on issuance of visas to its professionals.
A delegation of Indo-US Parliamentary Forum was assured by US Congress members and officials that any damage to India from restrictions on outsourcing sought to be imposed by half a dozen states will be limited.
The assurance, given to the Forum's co-chairmen Kapil Sibal and V P S Badnore, comes in the backdrop of reports that several states will press ahead with laws to ban outsourcing of jobs especially in the information technology sector because of unemployment and discontent at home.
But such laws are unlikely, the Indians were reportedly told by the lawmakers, as states have jurisdiction only with respect to employment offered by State governments.
Private companies are governed by Federal laws, where legislators will take into account US economic interests and the views of US business and industry.
New Jersey state was the first to make moves against outsourcing, but it is yet to have a full debate on the issue in the state senate.
During their talks with Americans, the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) A C Muthiah and members of the Forum pointed out that outsourcing is mutually advantageous, as it saves billions of dollars in the cost of production and in turn, enhances American competitiveness against foreign manufactures and services at home and abroad.
It is felt that reports on curbs on the H-1B and L-1 visas which benefited Indian professionals is overblown, as the US economy is weak now and jobs are scarce.
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Hopefully this issue won't become a political football, especially for conservatives where if you criticize the policy you must be a socialist commie. Or a corporate bashing liberal. Without a middle class there won't be an America, it's what made it.
Yes companies are free to move wherever they want, I just wish the government would do what it used to, protect American jobs from foreign dumpers. And as you mention the H1-B program can be cut back also.
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