Bengal's IT growth surpasses national average at 45 per cent

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Kolkata, Nov 11 (UNI) West Bengal Minister for Information Technology Debesh Das today said the state had notched up 45 per cent growth in the Information Technology(IT) sector in the previous fiscal against the national average of 29 per cent during the same period.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the CEO Summit 2008, organised by NASSCOM, Dr Das said West Bengal, being a late starter in IT industry, had an advantage of drafting better plans, adding the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) had a crucial role to play towards the sector's growth.

According to him, international studies had placed Kolkata among the top three desirable destinations for BPOs, next to Warsaw (Poland) and Hyderabad.

With a view to leveraging the SMEs in the IT industry in the state, the West Bengal Government had introduced ''venture capital'', apart from providing facilities for enabling the newcomers to start their operations within 24 hours on the basis of rent.

Later, interacting with media on the sidelines, Mr Das informed that such facilities were currently available at Taratala and Durgapur with 350 and 150 seats respectively, altogether adding up to 500 seats.

'' Once all the seats are filled up, we will come up with similar facilities with another 500 seats. There should always be a vacant number for seats for the convenience of the entrepreuners. We are also looking to set up similar facilites in the city at the Sector-V, but dearth of land is hitting the plan. So far, 300 entrepreuners, who are willing to venture into SME sector in IT, are in talks with the state government for availing the facility, '' the Minister explained.

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