Infosys: Narayana Murthy withdraws from Sri Lanka

NEW DELHI: The chief mentor of Infosys Technologies, Narayana Murthy, has declined the invitation of the Sri Lankan President to become the country’s IT advisor.


In a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Narayana Murthy thanked him for the invitation to be the IT advisor to the Sri Lankan Government and for the courtesy shown to him during his recent visit to Sri Lanka, Infosys said in a statement.

“He also communicated to the President that he has decided to withdraw from being the advisor due to personal reasons,” the statement added.

Initial reports suggested that Murthy had accepted the invitation. However, this did not go well with the certain sections in India who are feel that the Sri Lankan Government is persecuting thousands of Tamil civilians under the guise of fighting armed liberation fighters in the country. They urged Murthy not to accept the post.

Murthy had recently visited the island nation and the country’s Government, in a bid to increase investments into the IT sector, had decided to appoint him as the international adviser on information technology to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Rajapaksa made the appointment after inviting Narayana Murthy as the chief guest to the ceremonial launch of ‘2009-Year of English and Information Technology’ at the Presidential Secretariat here yesterday.

Speaking at the event, Rajapaksa said the great success of India in the field of Information Technology in the recent years has highly inspired Sri Lanka.



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