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President, PM hail Infosys

April 13, 2004 19:56 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam on Tuesday congratulated Infosys Technologies for crossing the $1-billion mark in revenues and urged the software major to contribute in areas of tele-education, tele-medicine and e-governance.

"I am delighted to see Infosys becoming a billion dollar company today (on Tuesday). This has been achieved against intense global competition in the information and communication technology sector. I am confident that Infosys has a tremendous future with respect to national development," Kalam said in a message to Infosys.

"It can contribute in areas of tele-education, tele-medicine and E-governance. All these areas are vital for ensuring prosperity of the 700 million people living in six hundred thousand villages," Kalam said.

Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in his message said: "It is a wonderful achievement. In a sense, it signifies the coming of age of the Indian IT industry, which contributes so much today to India's GDP, to our exports and to the image that enjoys in the world. I am confident that Infosys and the Indian IT industry will grow from strength to strength."

Union IT Minister Arun Shourie described Infosys as "the ornament of new India."

"If only the rest of our companies are like Infosys. And rightly so -- for in everyway -- its campus; its work culture; its innovativeness; the excellence it has attained; its commitment to ethical responsible conduct -- Infosys embodies what the rest of us aspire to be," Shourie said.

Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna said his state was proud to be associated with Infosys, which has emerged as an example of entrepreneurship, ethical standards and excellence.

"Infosys has carved out a unique path for itself in many respects. To me Infosys represents our future. It is what dedication and commitment can achieve against all odds, accompanied by leadership and vision," he said.

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