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India voices concern over Donald Trump's remark on H1B visa

H1B Visa programme allows US employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations for a period of time

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Republican, Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks Photo: AP/PTI

India Saturday voiced concerns over talks of scrapping non-immigrant H1B for professionals by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying such a move would impact export-led growth.

Republican party frontrunner Trump during presidential campaign said the H1B programme that allows US employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations for a period of time, should be ended.

"My concern is that Donald trump in last debate, said H1B, whatever it is, I use it but I don't like it. I want to scrap all H1B. That's very worrying for export-led growth going forward," Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian said at the Advancing Asia Conference co-hosted by India and IMF.

Subramanian said services-led export model can push India to achieve 8-10% sustained growth but talk on H1B scrapping was worrying.

"The concern we have is if we have more services export led growth rather than domestic led manufacturing, the politics of that be very different from politics in Japan," he said.

Emphasising that rapid growth in export is very important ingredient for achieving 8-10% growth rate in the medium term, he said, it can come with combination of manufacturing and services.

"I think India cannot deviate from the historical experience that in order to grow at 8-10% you have to export rapidly. I think the notion that we can use our domestic market to grow at sustainable 8-10% medium term history is against that model. Where I think India can be unique is instead of growth being led by low skill manufacturing. I think it is going to come about with a combination of manufacturing and services," he said.

Manufacturing alone is going to be little bit difficult because of what is happening in technology and so on, he said, adding, it has to be a unique model.

He further said the present government has got huge mandate so there is prospect for accelerated reforms.

"India is a large diverse democratic set up exploiting the dynamism of decentralisation, coupled with accelerated reforms from the Centre.We are such a large diverse country the diversification will come through competition between states," he added.

First Published: Sat, March 12 2016. 14:19 IST