Should India ban US firms from e-gov projects?

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Samir Sachdeva | September 17, 2010



The state of Ohio in the US had banned outsourcing by government departments to offshore locations like India. The US have also increased the H-1B and L1 visa fees which are highly sought after by Indian IT professionals to fund a $600 million programme to secure its border with Mexico.

The Indian IT and software association, NASSCOM, has called these moves as regressive steps and another IT association, Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC), has demanded that India should ban US companies from e-governance projects.

Several US-based companies like Accenture, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, HP, Intel, CISCO, AMD and Red Hat have benefitted from key e-governance projects in India. Accenture is also working on the prestigious unique identification project which has many security related issues as well.

Should India reciprocate Ohio's move and ban these companies from e-governance projects?

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