Ben­gal will an­nounce IT policy next month: CM

The Hindu Business Line - - IT & TELECOM -

West Ben­gal will an­nounce its IT policy in Jan­uary, Chief Min­is­ter Mamata Banerjee said here on Thurs­day. The policy an­nounce­ment will come at the an­nual in­vestors’ meet to be held on Jan­uary 16 and 17.

The State gov­ern­ment has been work­ing on a com­pre­hen­sive IT policy to woo in­vest­ments in the sec­tor. Over the last six years, it has an­nounced piece­meal poli­cies re­lat­ing to hard­ware and soft­ware com­pa­nies, start-ups, ITeS, and for in­cen­tivis­ing in­vest­ments.

Sops for in­vestors

“Our com­pre­hen­sive IT policy will be an­nounced in Jan­uary,” the Chief Min­is­ter said at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of In­fo­com 2017, an an­nual IT con­clave in the city.

Banerjee promised faster clear­ances, min­i­mum red-tape, prop­erty tax waivers, re­duced rentals and tax breaks and, more im­por­tantly, land avail­abil­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to her, there was enough land avail­able in the State for IT com­pa­nies to set up shop.

“At least 2.6 lakh jobs can be created through IT and we have the space for com­pa­nies to come and set up shop here,” she said.

IT ex­pan­sion

IT ma­jors such as TCS, Cog­nizant, ITC In­fotech have ex­pressed will­ing­ness to ex­pand op­er­a­tions in the State. She al­luded to TCS hir­ing around 20,000 em­ploy­ees for its Ra­jarhat (on the north­east­ern fringes of Kolkata) cam­pus.

Cog­nizant is ex­pand­ing op­er­a­tions by adding 15,000 more to its work­force here, the Chief Min­is­ter claimed.

For the State, fo­cus areas of in­vest­ments in­clude com­pa­nies work­ing on fin-tech, cy­ber se­cu­rity and Blockchain tech­nolo­gies.

Set­ting up of a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for im­part­ing train­ing in these areas is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

A 10-acre plot has also been iden­ti­fied for set­ting up a fin­tech hub.

ZY MAMATA BANERJEE Chief Min­is­ter, West Ben­gal YZ

“At least 2.6 lakh jobs can be created through IT and we have the space for com­pa­nies to come and set up shop here.”

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