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India should not consider China a ‘threat,' says Infosys founder

Raktima Bose

Kolkata: Infosys founder N.R. Narayana Murthy said here on Tuesday that India should perceive China's rapid development in the information technology sector as an “opportunity” for Indian IT companies functioning in that country, rather than as a ‘threat.' Mr. Murthy, along with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, inaugurated the State's first cyber police station at the police headquarters here.

Asked whether China's speedy progress in the IT field could pose a threat to India's favourable global position, Mr. Murthy said: “China has shown development in extraordinary proportions in different sectors. It will also make progress in the IT sector. Almost all Indian IT companies have a presence in China now. But we are not looking at China as a threat but as an opportunity.”

Asked about Infosys' investment plans in the State, he said that given the vast talent pool in West Bengal, the company would take the decision “at an appropriate time.”

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Bhattacharjee said that even with just 26,000 personnel, the city police maintained a “low crime rate and communal harmony” in comparison to forces with larger strength.

“But we are not complacent and realise the need to upgrade our resources and technology regularly. Quality of investigation also needs to be improved,” he added.

Mr. Murthy said the cyber police station would initiate a new era of ‘e-policing' in the city and suggested that officials be open-minded in learning the tricks of the trade from police forces already running such stations.

Police Commissioner Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti said Mr. Murthy has invited a group of city police personnel to the Infosys headquarters at Mysore for training.

“A batch of about 10 police officers would leave for Mysore next month for the training. We have also requested Mr. Murthy for building up a long-term consultancy relationship between Infosys and Kolkata police for expert advice and support on e-police governance,” Mr. Chakrabarti said.

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