Nasscom to Meet West Bengal IT Minister

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 16, 2009

Nasscom President Som Mittal is hopeful that the West Bengal government will be able to arrange alternative land for IT companies in need of land within six months.

Mittal’s comments comes in the background of the state government’s refusal to allot alternate land for Wipro and Infosys following the scrapping of the IT township project at Rajarhat on the outskirts of Kolkata. The government had signed a MoU with the two companies promising to provide 90 acres of land each.

Speaking at the Nasscom CEO Summit, 2009 in Kolkata, Mittal said Nasscom will meet IT minister Debesh Das in this regard. We hope that they will be sharp enough and find alternate sources from their own areas, he said.

According to Nasscom, there is enough land for both small and large companies. The government needs to re-look at its priorities whether it wants employment by offering land to IT companies or just make buildings, VVR Babu,  eastern regional council chairman of Nasscom said.

Kiran Karnik, former chairman of Nasscom, said he didn t doubt the government s intentions, but said the state government has messed up the land distribution process. It is not only the Vedic Village incident, but we had a similar experience in Singur and Nandigram, he said on the sidelines of the Summit.

Earlier, IT Minister Das said the state government had allocated 300 acre to IT companies in Rajarhat, 130 acre in Bantala (at the eastern fringe of the city) and 10 acre in Nonadanga. Two other software development facilities will be opened in Durgapur and Siliguri soon, he added.