New Delhi: Amid concerns over job loss due to outsourcing, the government today said the US should not look at the Indian IT sector as a problem, but as a solution for the unemployment situation in that country.
“The Indian IT companies are not a problem but they are a part of solution. They are adding value. They are creating jobs for the local people whether in the US or Europe,” minister of state for IT and Telecom Sachin Pilot said on the sidelines of a BSNL conference in New Delhi Thursday.
He further added that the US that had advocated free trade should stand by it.
Asked whether his ministry had taken this issue up with the US authorities, Pilot said, “the issue of Visa fee and outsourcing had already been taken up at the highest level.”
As per data available with the Indian IT industry body Nasscom, the top six Indian IT firms have created about 35,000 to 40,000 jobs in the US market alone.
Pilot added that job loss should not be looked as a “zero sum game”, meaning thereby the jobloss in the US is not equal to jobs created in India.
President Barack Obama had indicated that he was unlikely to accommodate India’s concerns about his policy of discouraging outsourcing of US jobs, saying it was his responsibility to support jobs and opportunity for the American people.
Obama, has recently spoken against outsourcing of American jobs to countries like India and offered tax breaks for those creating jobs in the US.
Nasscom had said it will raise IT industry’s concerns on visa fees hike and other anti-outsourcing measures adopted by the US during Obama’s visit to India.
Earlier this year, the US government had hiked fee for H1-B and L1 visas, a move that could have adverse impact on the $50-billion domestic IT industry that sends many highly-skilled Indians to work there.
This was followed by Ohio state’s ban on outsourcing of government IT projects, a step that further irked the Indian players. Both these moves coincide with a fragile recovery in the US economy coupled with high unemployment levels.
Indian IT sector earns more than 60% of its annual revenues from the US.