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Bengal Minister's call to IT sector in T.N.

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHENNAI Sept 19 . West Bengal has called upon all the information technology and information technology enabled services companies in Tamil Nadu to set up base in Kolkata.

Manabendra Mukherjee, Minister in Charge, Department of Information Technology and Environment, West Bengal, made the appeal here while participating in the Connect 2003 jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Tamil Nadu Government. "While we target in the long-run, IT services, our focus in the short-term will be on ITES, which is expected to grow over the next few years."

He said that West Bengal was one of the fastest growing States in the last decade. It had reported more than five per cent growth in per capita income and ranked fifth in terms of value of projects which were commissioned.

Though a late mover in the IT sprint, West Bengal was now hopeful of a 15 per cent share in the national IT revenue. The State's aim was to rank among the top three States by 2010. At present, there were more than 250 small and large IT companies and 30 ITES players operating in the State.

He said the West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited and Tata InfoTech had already connected 17 districts with Kolkata through its WBSWAN (West Bengal State-wide Wide Area Network). Nine other important townships were being connected.

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