West Bengal is getting huge response from private sector in terms of occupying spaces by IT firms in the newly-developed IT Parks, set up mostly in smaller cities, increasing chances of generating good employment in the sector across the state. “New IT parks are getting huge response from the private sector, some of them are already filled up,” said state commerce and industries minister Amit Mitra during the inaugural session of the 15th “Technology Senate”, organised by The Express Group here on Thursday. “All the new IT Parks in West Bengal are ready now. Except one in Rajarhat, all the new IT parks have been set up outside Kolkata,” said Mitra, also the state finance minister. With the setting up of 12 new IT Parks, total number of such parks in West Bengal now stands at 20. On the amount of investment these new IT parks could attract, the minister said, “Investment is not a big deal here, because in IT industry it is not very big. Square footage (total space occupied by firms) and the number of people employed in the parks are more important.” In IT parks at Siliguri (in North Bengal) around 700 people are already working. Purulia’s new IT park are getting a very good response from IT companies. “They must be doing BPO there with employing local boys and girls,” Mitra said. The state government is searching for an anchor investor for developing data analytics business at the Kalyani facility (in Nadia district).
Elaborating on a number of steps the government had taken to facilitate growth of IT industry in tier-II and tier-III cities, the minister pointed out that developing entrepreneurship remained a challenge. However, big IT companies were creating huge employment opportunities in the state, he said. “In addition to 35,000 people employed by TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) in West Bengal, the company will hire around 20,000 additional people for its new campus,” he added.
On Thursday, in the first day of the three-day Technology Senate, a panel discussion was organised, where Amit Mitra, Krishna Gupta, principal secretary of West Bengal’s IT and Electronics Department, Jayantha Prabhu, CIO, Essar Group, Amit Agarwal, managing partner, Stanton Chase India, and Anil Chandaliya, chief innovation officer, ESDS, were participated, among others. The panel discussion was moderated by Srikanth RP, editor, Express Computer.