ANDHRA PRADESH

Rajiv Gandhi's role in IT growth hailed

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Rajiv Gandhi wanted to make use of technology for the benefit of the poor and he was not a hitech man like some others, but favoured "appropriate technology," said the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, K.Kesava Rao, here on Friday.

Speaking at a seminar on "Information Technology revolution - the efforts of Rajiv Gandhi" organised by Annayya Charities, the APCC chief said developments in science and technology were of no use if the people did not accept them.

Making an oblique reference to former Chief Minister, N.Chandrababu Naidu, he said that it was not sufficient to construct buildings, which nobody wants to occupy. The Congress Government without unnecessary fanfare was able to achieve an additional Rs 80 crores in computer software exports in a short period of nine months. Rajiv Gandhi wanted to establish a "techno-rural society." India has the third largest pool of scientists and this was mainly due to the efforts of Rajiv Gandhi and his mother, Indira Gandhi, and grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, the APCC chief said.

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