Delhi CM asks govt to intervene as IT employees finding difficulty in getting jobs amid layoffs
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed concern over massive tech layoffs and said that the Centre should take appropriate steps. Nearly 2,00,000 IT workers have been reportedly laid off since November 2022.
The Chief Minister tweeted: “Youth are being fired on a large scale in the IT sector. The Centre needs to review the situation in India and take appropriate steps.” The Delhi government has been focusing on providing jobs and termed its 2022-23 budget as rozgaar budget where various interventions, such as a mega shopping festival, a cloud kitchen policy, etc were discussed.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also tweeted: “The unemployment rate is 7.1%, youngsters are committing suicide because of the shortage of jobs and now our educated, skilled youth are losing jobs. The continuous layoffs from IT firms raise questions about our identity as an IT hub and future of the economy.”
Meanwhile, several Indian IT professionals who lost their jobs due to the series of recent lay-offs at companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now struggling to find new employment under their work visas to stay in the US. Between 30% to 40% of the laid off employees are said to be Indian IT professionals, a significant number of whom are on H-1B and L1 visas.
The Global Indian Technology Professionals Association (GITPRO) and Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) has launched a community-wide effort to try and help these IT professionals by connecting job seekers to job referrers and informers. FIIDS will influence policy makers and decision-makers of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Also, Google’s recent decision of pausing their Green Card processing has increased sorrow among the already suffering Indian IT professionals. At a time when the tech giant has fired thousands of employees, the company cannot argue before the USCIS of requiring a foreign IT professional as a permanent resident.
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