Hyderabad: Telangana registered about 17 per cent growth in IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) exports to over Rs 1.09 lakh crore in the last fiscal.

In 2017-18, IT/ITES exports stood at Rs 93,442 crore and added over 68,000 IT professionals in the state. In 2018-19, the figure touched Rs 1,09,219 crore,an official release said.

"The then IT Minister K T Rama Rao had set an ambitious target before the department that we have to double our IT exports in the next five years.

I am delighted that we have been able to make that challenge a reality," Telangana Principal Secretary IT and Industries Jayesh Ranjan told PTI.

One appreciable part of our growth story is that the existing companies are expanding heavily. This is a strong endorsement of the value proposition they get in Hyderabad and Telangana," he added.

"Delighted with 2018-19 Hyderabad IT sector performance; IT exports have grown by a whopping 17% to Rs 1,09,219 crore and employment has grown by 14.2% to reach 5,43,033," former IT Minister and ruling TRS working president K T Rama Rao tweeted. PTI