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Bengal weighs prop for infotech

Chatterjee: Growth focus

Calcutta, Jan. 4: Bengal is planning to have a single-window clearance for infotech (IT) projects similar to the one set up for industrial proposals.

The state is also weighing a proposal to set up an IT sub-committee or a task force and will study the feasibility of such a facility.

“The IT companies I interacted with today have stressed the need to have a single window for speedy clearance. Having representatives of multiple departments under one roof will enhance the convenience,” Bengal IT minister Partha Chatterjee said at an interactive session at Webel today.

Chatterjee interacted with companies and stakeholders of the sector today to encourage entrepreneurship, discuss issues affecting the companies operating here and put key infrastructure in place to fuel growth.

As part of the new West Bengal Policy on Information and Communication Technology, 2012 and West Bengal ICT Incentive Scheme, 2012, the state has set a target to achieve 15 per cent of the country’s ICT revenue by 2020.

After assuming power, the Trinamul-led state government had set up an IT advisory committee led by N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys and Sam Pitroda as a member.

“We also want to set up a ‘technology bhavan’ which other states already have. While things are yet to be finalised, this can come up on government land. We have land available in Sector V of Salt Lake and Rajarhat. Everyone agreed that the IT sector has prospects as it generates employment,” Chatterjee said.

The meeting today saw over 50 companies in conversation with the minister. Companies included Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Rolta and ITC Infotech. IT industry body Nasscom was also present.

IT secretary Satish Tewari, Webel managing director Prabir Kumar Das and other key officials of the IT department attended the meeting. Marketing Bengal as an ideal IT destination was also discussed.

“It was a good meeting and there will be a lot of thrust on IT going forward. There will be focus on the growth of local companies and setting up incubation centres,” Kalyan Kar, co-founder and managing director of Inthink, said after the meeting today.

“The minister has said companies should participate to achieve greater e-governance. The government will be creating necessary infrastructure in the city and beyond and focus on skills training. A need to have a task force that will provide inputs and help to be in touch with the ground realities was also discussed,” Kar said.