Kalam wants Bangalore to be Bangalored!

New Delhi, Nov 21 | Updated: Nov 22 2005, 05:30am hrs
Routine and information level value additions need not be done from Bangalore or Mysore but should be outsourced to rural areas, said President APJ Abdul Kalam in Bangalore on Sunday.

By improving infrastructure in tier-two cities across the state, it is possible to attract 40% of the BPO and call centre work to these secondary cities and reduce the density of Bangalores population, he added. The President was addressing Karnatakas legislative assembly to mark the golden jubilee function of the states formation. Such a diversification will enable Karnataka to increase its exports of IT, ITeS, BPO and knowledge products in software-hardware and networking to $20 billion in the next four years. It will also generate about 5 lakh jobs in the state, he added.

Despite IT industrys disenchantment with Karnataka government, Dr Kalam expressed hope that Bangalore will improve upon its infrastructure.

The IT industry has faced many skirmishes with the state government. Earlier, 135 IT firms had boycotted Bangalores premier event IT.in 2005. Wipro chairman Azim Premji had called Bangalore a national calamity. Ex-PM Deve Gowda had accused Infosys of using land alotted to it for other purposes while asking for job quotas for displaced Kannadigas.

Dr Kalam also called for creating an investment-friendly climate and increasing its per capita income of Rs 26,000 (at 2004-05) to Rs 75,000 by 2009, leading to employment for two million unemployed.