Two US senators are reintroducing a stricter H-1B visa reform legislation to require outsourcing companies to hire U.S. citizens and to pay H1-B employees prevailing wages for the work.The bill proposed by Sen Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and Sen Charles Grassley of will hit Indian outsourcing leaders like TCS, Wipro and Infosys, each of whom sponsors 2,000 to 3,000 H1 B visas every year. “The Durbin-Grassley bill would require all employers seeking to hire an H-1B visa holder to pledge that they have made a good-faith effort to hire American workers first and that the H-1B visa holder will not displace an American worker,” according to a statement released by Sen. Grassley’s office.Sen Grassley recently asked Microsoft to lay-off foreign H-1B visa workers first before cutting U.S. citizens under its planned 5,000 job reductions. Related Items
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday flagged off a vehicle to be used for creating awareness about the State government’s water resources schemes and steps to save and conserve water.The vehicle, which is being called a ‘publicity rath’, will create awareness on the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali (water-life-greenery) campaign via the audio-visual medium, an official release said here. The publicity rath will also make people aware of the fact that groundwater is the only source of water in the event of less rainfall and people will have to go for rainwater harvesting to conserve water, the release said. Mr. Kumar had on August 9 launched the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign in Patna.