The Hindu Business Line

Decks cleared for Infosys to set up campus in Bengal


West Bengal Urban Developmen­t Minister Firhad Hakim on Saturday said software major Infosys is planning to set up campus in the State and has completed the payment for the land it received from the government.

“Infosys has completed the payment for the 50-acre land that they took in Rajarhat. They have already taken ownership of the land,” Hakim said.

Industry-friendly image

The Minister announced that Tata Consultanc­y Services is also setting up its “biggest campus in the country in Kolkata” where nearly 40,000 people would be working under the same roof, adding that Bengal has been able to “recover its industry-friendly image under the present government and attract more investment­s from multi-national companies.”

“During the Left Front rule, Bengal’s image as an investment­friendly State hit rock bottom. We have been able to recover that image to an extent. So, organisati­ons like Infosys, TCS, Cognizant, IBM — all are showing interest to invest here,” he added.

Demonetisa­tion criticised

Meanwhile, at the inaugurati­on of the trade fair, State Finance Minister Amit Mitra criticised the demonetisa­tion drive saying the common man is suffering.

“Look at the different industrial sectors. Tea estates are shutting its shop. The jute mills and leather businesses are facing huge loss. Look at the powerloom sector in Maharashtr­a. The owners of the factory could not pay salary to the labourers,” Mitra said at India internatio­nal mega trade fair organised by the Bengal Chamber.

The Minister also said Bengal is the “most business-friendly” State in India.

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