Bengal will not snap land deal with Satyam: Minister

Even though Information Technology minister Debesh Das expressed his concern over fate of 10,000 employees of Satyam from Bengal,the state government will not block the land deal with Satyam.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 10, 2009 2:37 am

Even though Information Technology minister Debesh Das expressed his concern over fate of 10,000 employees of Satyam from Bengal,the state government will not block the land deal with Satyam.

This even as the Gujarat government is likely to cancel its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the company in the aftermath of the scam.

“As of now,we are observing the situation and will not take any call on the land Satyam was holding for its proposed expansion projects in Bengal. Rather,the incident and the global recession followed by a slowdown in the IT sector have given us the time to build an adequate infrastructure for an upcoming IT hub in the state,” said Das at the launch of a product of Gee-Pee.

Satyam holds three acres of land in Salt Lake and had asked for 25-acre land for setting up an IT SEZ project at Rajarhat when former Satyam chairman B Ramalinga Raju had come to the city about a month ago.

Despite the Satyam scam,the state will offer 25-acre plot to the company if it seeks for it. Das added that the government will not ask the company to return the three-acre land at Sector V,Salt Lake.

Das also said that he was worried about the employees of Satyam whose future has become very uncertain after the news of fudging account came to the fore. “There are at least 10,000 people from our state of the 53,000 employees working in the company. We want Satyam to keep its employees safe. We are closely monitoring 7,800-crore Satyam fraud issue,” said Das.

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