PM Modi’s US Visit: Nasscom urges the government to expand ties with US beyond general IT services


India’s information technology industry has great expectations from Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the United States as Prime Minister, urging the government to expand ties with the world’s largesteconomy beyond general IT services into areas such as fostering an ecosystem for start-ups between Silicon Valley and Indian innovators besides cybersecurity.

The industry has welcomed the government’s decision to strongly take up the matter of billions of dollars of social security savings lost by Indian employees in the US, an issue that is no longer confined to the sector, the domestic IT industry lobby Nasscom has said.

Nasscom president and former telecom secretary R Chandrashekhar told ETthat although immigration hurdles for IT professionals who need H1B visas to implement assignments in the US are “no longer on the front burner” India must stay vigilant on this count.

“We have been communicating with the government on the issue and have given additional follow-up inputs for the PM’s visit about issues that may be raised with the US,” Chandrashekhar said, adding that the immigration issue was highlighted at the recent meeting in Delhi between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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