State IT Department starts construction of EMCs
The West Bengal Information Technology (IT) Department is constructing Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) in Falta and Naihati, at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore. These would lead to the generation of around 37,000 jobs, and also give a boost to the electronics sector of the State.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a lot of emphasis on information technology, electronics and telecommunication. Accordingly, the IT Department has initiated these two EMCs.
According to an official of the IT Department, Bengal has some of the best talents for manufacturing electronic goods and ancillary parts. State-made electronic goods will hit the market in the future.
The permission for the Falta EMC, on 58 acres, has already arrived from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, a division of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and the one for the Naihati EMC, to be built on 70 acres, is expected soon. Both the EMCs are strategically located – the Falta EMC is on the shore of the river Hooghly and approximately 27 km from Haldia Port, and the Naihati EMC is located off Kalyani Expressway.
The State Government’s well-laid out IT and electronics policy has reaped rich dividends. Among the prominent achievements have been the construction of eight software parks (with seven more planned for the future), convincing NASSCOM to set up a start-up warehouse in Rajarhat, which is an incubation centre for IT-based companies, and setting up a seed fund for IT start-ups.
The IT arm of the State Government – West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation – has also proposed to set up a venture capital fund.
Most of the IT firms in West Bengal, which are based in Salt Lake’s Sector V and Rajarhat, feel the State Government’s industry-friendly policy structure and supportive nature would help the industry to grow by leaps and bounds.