Friday, December 24, 2004

Infosys chief lauds Dharam’s initiatives

Infosys chief lauds Dharam’s initiatives

Vijay Times News

Bangalore: Chief Minister Dharam Singh who was at the receiving end of the IT industry's ire over the infrastructure bottlenecks in Bangalore was a happy man on Thursday as his new initiatives to change the scenario was appreciated by Infosys Chairman and Mentor N R Narayana Murthy.

Narayana Murthy and Infosys CEO Nandan M Nilekani who called on Singh to discuss various issues relating to the IT industry declared that they were extremely happy’ with the recent initiatives by Dharam Singh, notably the Cabinet nod for the Bangalore international airport project.
Murthy who extended a formal invitation for Singh for the inauguration of Infosys’ 300-acre Mysore campus at the hands of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on February 12, said that Infosys would expand its operations in Bangalore also.

The Chief Minister apart from assuring an improvement in the infrastructure also promised revival of Bangalore Agenda Task Force( BATF) a public-private organisation working for improving civic amenities in the city which is headed by Nilekani. The organisation has been in a state of coma since the new Government took over. “I told the Infosys team about the various steps that the Government has taken to improve Bangalore infrastructure,” the Chief Minister said.

Promising '“100 per cent support” for the Government's projects, Murthy said, ''we will do everything we can for progress.''
Asked about his statement that the company would look to other cities for expansion, he said he had been told by Dharam Singh that Infosys' request for 100 acres of land was being looked into.

“The Government has agreed to look into our requirements. If necessary action is taken, it will help us take up expansion in Bangalore itself.”


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