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KPMG bets on east

Calcutta, Dec. 26: KPMG Advisory Services is set to ramp up its operations in Calcutta.

The consulting firm is drafting a business plan for the Bengal market that will be ready in two months.

“We are focussing on the east and Bengal. The business plan will give us a better idea on how best to leverage our services in this part of the country. Calcutta is one of the emerging centres and a part of the plan would be to scale up the operations in line with our presence in the other metros,” said Pradeep Udhas, global sourcing advisory of KPMG Advisory Services.

KPMG has about 40 employees in Calcutta and 3000 in the country. The consulting major is also present in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune.

KPMG, along with the Confederation of Indian Industry, has recently done a study on sustainable economic development in Bengal, which covers a host of industry-related issues such as land acquisition, compensation packages, the role of the government and the media.

The study is now with the state government.

KPMG’s expansion plans in Calcutta come at a time when many of the consulting majors are planning to beef up operations in the city.

PwC has around 4,500 employees in the country, which is expected to double in the next four years, while the headcount of 1,000 in Calcutta will also go up by the same ratio.

PwC has around 700 people in back-office operations under its technology practice division and is planning to double the numbers in the next two years.

The government business employs about 300 to 400 people and most of e-governance work is done from Calcutta.

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