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Wipro to expand in tier-II cities

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Bangalore, Apr 19 (UNI) Software major Wipro is planning to set up centres in tier-II cities in the country, besides expanding its set up in established cities.

Informing this after announcing the results for 2005-06, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji said the company, which had crossed 50,000 in manpower, was looking at setting up centres in smaller cities.

However, he did not identify the cities.

He said Wipro would continue to grow ahead of the industry average of 25 per cent for software development and 30 per cent for BPO as forecast by the NASSCOM-Mckinsey report.

Mr Premji said that besides the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) unit in Kolkata, a few more applications were pending with the Centre. A decision on setting up these centres would be taken once the Government cleared doubts on SEZs, now being tackled by a Group of Ministers, headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee. It would be cleared within the next two to three weeks, he added.

Looking forward to 34 per cent growth during the current fiscal, he said the company would continue to hire people to maintain the growth. However, he declined to give out the numbers, stating that forward looking statement on company hirings could not be provided.

''We will employ people all over India...some in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Gurgaon and Noida,'' he added.

On hike in IT salaries in India, he expected the increase to average at about 12 to 13 per cent.

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