Mumbai, March 17: Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday informed that Indian government had raised its concern regarding the H1-B visa issue to the US and said that Indians are not stealers but creators of jobs.
“We have conveyed our concern at the highest level (US administration) and I hope the American administration should know Indian companies don’t steal jobs. They create jobs for a better India and a better US,” Prasad said at the India Today Conclave here.
“Indian IT companies are present in 200 cities in 80 countries, including the US. Particularly for the US, the Indian IT companies have given nearly $20 billion as tax in the last five years.
“They have given jobs to 4 lakh people there. They have given value addition to nearly 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Indian IT initiative is an asset for America,” he added.
The technical professionals of India help the US economy become competitive and boom, said Indian Government.
Talking about India’s digital drive, Prasad said New Delhi was involved in a transformative programme in India with programmes like Digital India and Start-up India to bridge the digital divide.
“Digital India is more for the under privileged,” the minister said.
He said that 1.08 billion Indians have mobile connections in a country of 1.25 billion population.
The government launched the app named Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), helpful in making India cashless, he said it had already witnessed 1.8 crore downloads.
Asked how secure were online transactions in India, at a time when the government was asking people to transact more through digital payments platforms, the minister said all the cyber security mechanisms were in place.
“India’s digital economy will be $1 trillion in the next 5-7 years. We have to trust the enormous opportunity for digital economy.”
The government was against sites showing child pornography and had taken all necessary steps to stop it.
With that, he asked a question to the people whether it was feasible to ban all pornography sites in India.
“If an adult wants to watch pornography site in the privacy of his room, who are you to stop it?” he asked.