Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the state would announce the new IT policy in January 2018 during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS).
She also said the state is ready to give more importance to the IT industry and is keen to provide various sops regarding property tax relief and other subsidies.
The CM informed the gathering that before chalking out the new policy, the government had discussions with industry bodies such as ASSOCHAM, CII and Nasscom.
Banerjee further said that IT majors including TCS, Cognizant and ITC Infotech had expressed willingness to expand operations in the state. According to her TCS, is hiring around 20,000 recruits for its Rajarhat campus. "Cognizant is expanding its presence by adding 15,000 to its workforce, while ITC is also coming with a new building that will create jobs," Banerjee claimed.
She pointed out that Bengal's skill and talent are very important and maximum IT people working across the country are from Bengal. "Our attrition rate is 3 percent while that in Bengaluru is 35 percent. Our boys and girls are very loyal to the companies in which they work, they want to contribute to sustainable development, and they want to continue in their own working place," she said.
Taking a dig at the Left Front government which ruled the state for 34 years, for not giving a boost to the IT sector, she said: "Earlier, the state government was not interested in this particular sector. I do not know why? But we started thinking. IT companies are now expanding their businesses here."
There is enough space available in the state for the IT sector which can potentially create 2.6 lakh jobs by using this space, she said, adding that apart from the state capital, space is available in IT parks in various cities like Siliguri, Burdwan and Kalyani.
She claimed that the state is the "pioneer" of the digitisation programme and especially in the digital transformation which enabled the state government to double its revenue.
She urged industries to invest in the state as it is "strategically, geographically and politically safe".