USINPAC - Washington, D.C., January 4, 2006.

The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) today expressed strong concerns on the growing menace of terror outfits based in Bangladesh, and called upon the U.S. government to examine and help curb this new epicenter of terrorism.

USINPAC is the leading political organization of the Indian American community which acts as a pressure group in the U.S. to enhance ties between the U.S. and India. The leadership of USINPAC is currently visiting India, and is holding wide ranging meetings with the government and corporate leaders, including Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Mr. Kamal Nath, Mr. Ramdoss, Mr. Deepak Parekh, Mr. Ramadorai, Mr. Piramal, etc.

The Defense Minister, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, lauded the efforts of the group with U.S. lawmakers to highlight mutual concerns and interests of the U.S. and India. Mr. Sanjay Puri, the Chairman of USINPAC said, “It is our continuing endeavor to contribute our efforts towards a mature, dynamic, and mutually beneficial U.S.-India relationship. We have also been concerned with India’s growing energy needs, and civil nuclear cooperation is another area where we have undertaken a concerted campaign to inform and educate lawmakers on Capitol Hill”.

In its meeting with the Commerce Minister, Mr. Kamal Nath, the USINPAC delegation discussed ways of enhancing linkages between small and medium businesses in the U.S. and India, and was heartened to note that the Minister promised to set up a coordinating mechanism at the Commerce Ministry to create synergies between the efforts of various industry and bilateral trade forums to accelerate the pace of small business development.

Additionally, the U.S. India Business Alliance (USIBA), a business forum promoted by USINPAC, signed an MoU with NASSCOM yesterday evening. The MoU calls for broad ranging collaboration between NASSCOM and USIBA to create win-win solutions for the IT and software industries of the U.S. and India. Particularly, under the MoU, USIBA will engage with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to target contentious issues like H1B visas, delays in visa processing times for IT professionals, etc. Additionally, in an attempt to soften the anti-outsourcing legislations and sentiments at the state levels in the U.S., USIBA will promote delegations led by U.S. Governors to India.

USINPAC and USIBA are focusing on key issues of Indian strategic and economic growth, and amongst other efforts are also pushing for a renewed impetus in the Indian agricultural sectors. Commenting on the PM’s unveiling of a 7-point program to jump start a second Green Revolution in India, yesterday at Hyderabad, Mr. Robinder Sachdev, founding member and director of USINPAC, said, “We realize that over 60% of India’s population is dependent upon agriculture and related livelihood, and are pushing for increased cooperation in research and extension in agriculture between the U.S. and India, including cooperation between agricultural universities in the U.S. and India”.



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