Azim Premji meets Bhattacharjee to talk business

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Kolkata, Dec 12 (UNI) Wipro Chairman Azim Premji met West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at the state Secretariat here today.

They held discussions for about an hour, which Mr Premji described as 'good'.

"Meeting with Mr Bhattacharjee is always good," Mr Premji told reporters in a stoic comment without disclosing the contents.

The state government had promised the IT giant 40-50 acres of land three years ago for a second software campus in Kolkata, which still remained unfulfilled.

Wipro had set up its software campus in the city in November 2004, when the Chief Minister himself had made the promise.

The visit of Mr Premji, who was here to attend the meeting of the central board of Reserve Bank of India, came close on the heels of Infosys human resource director T. V. Mohandas Pai's visit. At a programme, Mr Pai had pointed out that the state Government had not so far been able to provide the company a plot of 100 acres, promised for setting up its unit.

Wipro was first shown land at Rajarhat, where Hidco asked for Rs 2.16 crore per acre, which, most software majors including Infosys said, was prohibitive. Later that was brought down to Rs 1.5 crore per acre, which too, was way above the Rs 60-65 lakh/acre ceiling Wipro was ready to pay.


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