T.V. Mohandas Pai, board member and director, human resources, Infosys, spoke to Outlook about the government’s new visa regulations and how they are impacting business.
Were you expecting changes in rules for hiring foreign nationals?
We had no warning. We met the home minister later, who said the changes are meant to curb unskilled labour immigration. But it hasn’t worked that way—everyone in business is being impacted. Highly skilled people are finding it impossible to come here.
Isn’t the limit—one per cent of the workforce—adequate?
While India asks other countries to raise quotas for Indians immigrants, it’s not right to impose individual quotas on companies here. It’s ridiculous. India should think of a national quota, on the lines of the h1b. Infosys needs to move professionals around freely; a quota that disregards company size is absolutely unreasonable.
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