He will meet leaders to find approach to reduce deficit

United States President Barack Obama has invited at least three Indian-Americans, including PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, as part of his wider consultations with leaders from business, labour, civic community and Congress on the current economic crisis.

Neera Tandon, president of the Center for American Progress, an eminent U.S. think-tank based in Washington; and Deepak Bhargava from the Center for Community Change are the other Indian-Americans invited for consultations, said a White House official.

The President this week would meet leaders from the business, labour, progressive and civic communities, as well as congressional leadership, to have discussions on the best ways to move the economy forward and find a balanced approach to reduce deficit, he said.

“On Tuesday, Obama will attend a meeting with labour and progressive leaders….” Ms. Tandon and Mr. Bhargava have been invited to attend the White House meeting with Mr. Obama later on Tuesday.

Others attending the meeting are Kay Henry from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Lee Saunders from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Dennis Van Roekel from the National Education Association (NEA); and Rich Trumka from the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO).

Those invited for the meeting on Wednesday include Mark Bertolini (President, Chairman and CEO, Aetna); and Ursula Burns (Chairman and CEO, Xerox), Kenneth I.

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