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QUESTION NO.974 RESTRICTION ON INDIAN IT PROFESSIONALS IN SINGAPORE AND OTHER COUNTRIES

July 26, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.974
TO BE ANSWERED ON 26.07.2018


RESTRICTION ON INDIAN IT PROFESSIONALS IN SINGAPORE AND OTHER COUNTRIES


974. SHRI K. C. RAMAMURTHY:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the number of IT professionals from India in Singapore;

(b) whether it is a fact that Singapore has started restricting Indian IT professionals;

(c) if so, the details thereof and how Singapore’s contention is justified since it is in violation of Free Trade Agreement (FTA); and

(d) whether one after the other country is rejecting Indian IT professionals and if so, Government’s reaction thereto?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]


(a) to (c) Government of Singapore does not publically share aggregate number of Permanent Residents (PR) or Employment Pass (EP) holders in Singapore particularly with respect to country of origin and specific professional categories. Our estimates suggest that Indians constitute one of the largest non-citizen population among the approximately 1.8 million foreign residents of Singapore including PR and EP holders.

Government of India as part of its engagement with Singapore side consistently takes up economic and commercial issues and maintains regular engagement on all matters pertaining to Indian IT firms and professionals including their concerns about availability of EPs. It has been conveyed at various levels on multiple occasions that Singapore’s policies should be consistent with provisions of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) and enable Indian companies to conduct their business without difficulty. As a result, a number of major IT companies have conveyed improvement in situation.

(d) No. Government of India continues to monitor the situation and takes up relevant issues in mechanisms such as joint Working Groups (JWGs) and bilateral meetings.

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