IT brains prefer to keep silence on IT policy draft

If the lack of enthusiasm shown by IT entrepreneurs at a business seminar could be any indicator,then the Trinamool Congress-led government should be taking it seriously.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:August 9, 2012 12:09 am

If the lack of enthusiasm shown by IT entrepreneurs at a business seminar could be any indicator,then the Trinamool Congress-led government should be taking it seriously.

On Wednesday,at a seminar hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Kolkata showed bleak response from the 100-odd IT entrepreneurs who did not pose any question on Commerce and Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee.

Even after repeated cajoling by the moderator of the seminar to ask any question to the minister,not a single hand was raised. Chatterjee,who also hold the IT portfolio, then asked the audience to come out with suggestions regarding the government’s IT policy which is currently being drafted. Still,there was not a single suggestion from the industry representatives.

“If you have any question,any suggestion regarding our new IT policy,please let me know,’’ Partha Chatterjee said.

The hall stood silent.

Later talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the event,Chatterjee said that the new IT policy of the state government would be ready by the end of August.

Asked to elaborate on the salient features of the policy,Chatterjee said the government wanted quality business in IT. “We want to move from Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) and to research and training. We are going to set up IT hubs in every district on the PPP model,” the minister said.

On the question of Infosys setting up its project in West Bengal,which has been stalled because of the state government’s opposition to grant SEZ status to the project,Chatterjee said that IT was not all about Infosys. “We are in close touch with them (Infosys). There are other companies,who are ready to come forward. We have not lost any hope,” he added.

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