Infosys happy over assurance from West Bengal government: Murthy

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Bangalore, Sep 15 (UNI) IT major Infosys which had threatened of a 'rethink' on locating their unit in Kolkata following the Singur imbroglio today said it was satisfied with the assurances given by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Speaking at a function to announce the Infosys Prize for Mathematics, Infosys Chairman N R Narayana Murthy said the company was yet to get the land promised by the State government.

"I have lot of respect for Mr Bhattacharjee. Once we get the land we will take a decision definitely. Until we get the land it would be difficult for us to comment on it," he said.

Infosys Director and Human Resources Head T V Mohandas Pai, who had earlier said the company would have to give a rethink on setting up its unit following the Singur seize, said he was satisfied with the Bengal government's assurance that it would stand by the industry.

"I have only said that we too can give a relook and rethink.

After this Mr Bhattacharjee had said that the state government would ensure that industry will be made comfortable. So we want the Singur problem involving Tata Motors to pass by. Then our board would meet and take a decision," he said.

Mr Pai said Infosys was very encouraged by assurances given by the Chief Minister. The IT major had signed a MoU with West Bengal government three months ago and had sought 99 acres of land. The acquisition process was on, he added.

The Infosys unit would come up at Salt Lake II.

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