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Wipro to PM: Seek Obama’s help on immigration bill

Wipro has asked Manmohan Singh to seek the Obama administration’s intervention to remove provisions in a proposed US immigration bill.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: August 26, 2013 2:40:18 am

IT services major Wipro has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek the Obama administration’s intervention to remove provisions in a proposed US immigration bill that are discriminatory towards Indian IT firms.

“Provisions of the Senate Bill that are discriminatory and target Indian companies are — outplacement bans and restrictions; attestation on recruitment of US workers; and higher wages to H1B employees versus American employees,” Wipro Chairman Azim Premji said in a letter addressed to PM.

“We want your support to seek White House intervention to eliminate the discriminatory provisions in both the Senate and House Bills and to treat Indian IT service providers on par.

This is in the interest of Indo-US trade relations and in keeping with your vision to increase bilateral trade by five times from the current level of $100 billion,” Premji said.

The US Senate in June passed a landmark immigration bill retaining killer provisions on H-1B Visas that would badly hit Indian IT companies there.

“Discriminating against Indian companies in favour of American IT services companies including leading companies aggressively selling into India,this is not in the interest of free trade,” Premji said.

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