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State IT hubs on track

Calcutta, Dec. 21: Bengal information technology minister Partha Chatterjee today said the 13 IT hubs planned by the state government in various districts were on track for completion by March 2014.

Chatterjee, who is also the commerce and industries minister, said the IT department was in talks with Amit Mitra’s finance department to get the necessary funds and clearances.

According to media reports, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed unhappiness over the performance of the IT department, particularly with regard to the money spent on development, in a review meeting of the various ministries yesterday.

“We have plans for 13 IT hubs in Tier II and III districts for which we have started the work. Jobs will be done within February-March 2014,” Chatterjee today said while inaugurating an information technology park of city-based Merlin Group at Sector V, Salt Lake.

The minister, however, denied that the chief minister was unhappy with the IT department’s progress.

He further said about 8 acres had been earmarked for an IT park in Darjeeling. A market survey will be undertaken to study the feasibility of the project. He said it could be a hardware or a software park.

Chatterjee further pointed out that the IT department had come up with a new website allowing individuals to offer their suggestions, besides providing information on various policy changes made by the government.

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