Move over Donald Trump! The new champion of anti-immigration laws is here in the guise of NR Narayana Murthy, who is taking serious exception to the talent export from India to the world, especially to the US. Narayana Murthy, who founded Infosys, said that most Indian IT firms are inadvertently acting as immigration agents by facilitating foreign visa procurement for its workers.
He said that his “belief was that a corporation that has global aspiration has to be fair to its global employees. All Indian companies guarantee visas, they guarantee green cards. The whole exercise has become as if they are immigration agents. I am sorry to say that. Indian companies behave as if they are agents for their employees to cross the Atlantic.” His comments came at the Indian School of Business (ISB), where he was conferred the ISB Honorary Distinguished Fellowship.
Murthy’s comments put a new emphasis on creating local employment versus the export of IT services to, among other regions, North America. The IT industry is responsible for a lion’s share of India’s exports, and this fact has been a cause for concern for economists in India as well as politicians abroad.
US itself might be moving towards a considerable tightening of the immigration laws as it is digging a hole in their domestic employment scene and is seen to be taking away American jobs.