Murthy meets Prasad, says govt should talk to stakeholders to resolve H-1B issue

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, NEw Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 18, 2015 23:38 IST
Co-founder and former chairman of Infosys Technologies NR Narayana Murthy. (PTI Photo)

While dismissing concerns of increased visa fee for software professionals working in US impacting movement of geeks from India, Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy on Friday called on communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad suggesting that such issues should be discussed and resolved with stakeholders.

The US Congress on Wednesday doubled special fee on the H-1B and L-1 visas to $4,000 (almost Rs 2.7 lakh) and $4,500 (over Rs 3 lakh) to fund a 9/11 healthcare act and a biometric tracking system.

The Infosys founder has agreed to provide critical and constructive inputs on policy decisions taken on IT and telecom sectors, while raising concerns on a few taxes levied on the tech industry, ministry sources said.

Murthy is said to have told Prasad that “income tax people need to be concerned about the sensitivities of IT industry,” sources added.

Talking to reporters later, Prasad said: “We are hopeful of getting critical inputs from Narayana Murthy to improve our digital India campaign and other policy matters. I have requested him to dip into his experience in evaluating policies in this sector.”

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