Monday, July 26, 2004

Reactions to Premji's outburst

Responses to Premji's outburst

Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

IT honchos

Other investors

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Former PM Deve Gowda:

Bear with us: Gowda to IT czars
Bangalore: With the IT s e c t o r threatening to shift operations o u t s i d e Karnataka due to lack of infrastructure in Bangalore, former Prime Minister H.D. Gowda on Sunday urged its captains to “cooperate with the government for the time being’’.
“I want to reassure the IT sector that we are not against them. The state’s finances are poor. Consecutive droughts ravaged farmers and the latter resorted to suicide. The enhancement of tax on IT is to overcome the hurdles faced by the state as a whole,’’ he told reporters here after the JD(S) state office-bearers’ meeting.
He contended that the erstwhile JD promoted the IT industry. “In fact, ITPL project was cleared by the JD government. Tax holiday was also declared for the project. We will continue to extend our support to the IT industry.’’
Gowda pointed out that the Congress-JD(S) coalition had to function under certain compulsions. “This is a new experiment. It is difficult to satisfy every sector. Neither party was able to implement every programme mentioned in the poll manifesto owing to the fractured verdict. I hope the IT industry will understand the government’s position.’’


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