IT industry professionals gather for the inaugural session of Infocom 2013, an ABP initiative, in Calcutta on Thursday. A Telegraph Picture
Calcutta, Dec. 5: Bengal has set an ambitious target to give clearances to new projects in three weeks as the Mamata Banerjee government pushes for speedy decision making, in step with many other states.
Bengal IT and industries minister Partha Chatterjee today said the state was now trying to give clearances within a month, but the target would be to reduce the time further.
“Our aim is to bring it down to 21 days in projects where field verification is not required,” Chatterjee said after inaugurating the 12th edition of Infocom, an ABP initiative.
The state government has recently created a task force to quickly implement new and ongoing projects. It has also decided to appoint “relationship managers” in line with the private sector to liaison between the investor and the members of the task force and various stakeholders.
The initiative is part of the state’s aim to recast “Shilpasathi” — a single window set up to quickly clear projects. Chatterjee said proposals being taken up under this mechanism would be cleared in three weeks in the future.
During the inauguration of the three-day conclave of IT and communication professionals today, Chatterjee outlined various initiatives being taken by the state to promote IT in Calcutta and beyond.
Two IT parks are now operational and fully occupied at Siliguri and Durgapur, while seven more are being developed in tier II and III cities. The state is also developing a new hardware park at Sonarpur and two electronic manufacturing complexes at Naihati and Falta.
“I call upon all IT and telecom professionals working outside Bengal to come back and start investing,” Chatterjee said before inaugurating the exhibition associated with the conclave at the nearby Milan Mela complex.
Infocom 2013 kicked off with a session on empowerment for inclusive growth — the underlying theme of this year’s conclave — with participation from Ashok Soota, executive chairman of Happiest Minds, Rajendra S. Pawar, chairman and co-founder of NIIT Group, Ralph Simon, CEO and founder of Mobilium Global, and P.K. Malhotra, deputy managing director of the State Bank of India.
In his welcome address, D.D. Purkayastha, managing director & CEO of ABP Pvt Ltd, said: “It is a pity that the top 8 per cent of the adult population of the world own 80 per cent of the wealth and the bottom 75 per cent own a meagre 3 per cent. The story is similar in India, too. The long-term development and growth has to be inclusive and sustainable. Empowerment will bring about this inclusion by stretching out to all levels of society, from individuals to the government and to the organisations,” he said.
Later in the day, two sessions were held — one on building a globally competitive ecosystem for sustainable growth and another on “Doing things differently: extraordinary entrepreneurs”.
The evening was earmarked for a special award ceremony this year to recognise and acknowledge contributions made by outstanding individuals in the ICT field.