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Govt to take up BPO concerns with US

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New Delhi , Feb. 16

THE Indian Government on Monday said it would take up issues relating to business process outsourcing (BPO) with the US.

"The Government will take up crucial BPO-related issues with the US Commerce Secretary, who arrives in India on Tuesday," Mr S. Lakshminarayanan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information Technology, said.

Inaugurating the two-day national summit on `India: The Knowledge Capital - Moving Up the BPO Value Chain,' organised jointly by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the World Bank, Mr Lakshminarayanan said the IT Ministry had prepared briefs for the Minister of Communication and IT to enable him take up the issues arising out of the BPO controversy with the visiting American secretary.

He said India and US would have more effective and meaningful dialogue on the proposed legislation (which seeks to prevent entry of foreign nationals in the US' IT sector) after elections were over in both the countries.

"The Indian Government is in constant touch with the US Government on the developments taking place there on the issue of outsourcing. India's concern and anxieties are being conveyed to the US administration regularly through proper channels," Mr Lakshminarayanan added.

He also expressed concern over the BPO backlash, saying that the US was making its visa rules more and more stringent. This, according to him, was adversely affecting Indian business.

"The Government is closely monitoring this development too and efforts were on to minimise its impact on the domestic business," he added.

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