Infy chapter reopens,govt working on sops

Buoyed by the success of the Mumbai industrial meet,the Bengal government seems to have made up its mind to push pending projects

Written by Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay | Kolkata | Published:August 7, 2013 2:09 am

Buoyed by the success of the Mumbai industrial meet,the Bengal government seems to have made up its mind to push pending projects,one of them being that of Infosys.

IT major’s executive co-chairman S Gopalakrishnan,who was in Kolkata today for the 12th ICT East summit organised by CII,was assured that the state government will provide all cooperation for its first campus to be built on 50 acres of land at Rajarhat.

“We will be happy if Infosys comes to the state. I had a meeting with Gopalakrishnan. I will convey his message to the chief minister,’’ said Minister for Commerce and Industries and IT Partha Chatterjee without divulging any details.

Sources in the department said the government was

working on an incentive package for Infosys,which has been

seeking the SEZ status for its campus.

Chatterjee,who was also present at the summit,was seen telling the Infosys boss on the dais: “Don’t be apprehensive. We have enough land to offer. We have enough co-operation to offer. So many IT giants have come to West Bengal and we will also welcome you. Land price will not be constraint. Together we will surge ahead.”

However,the Infosys official today refused to talk to the media. Yesterday,at another seminar,Gopalakrishnan had said that in the absence of SEZ status,his company could be given incentives in terms of land or tax exemptions .

He also made it clear that the company had no plans to give up the land that it got for Rs 75 crore four years ago.

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