The government is working to boost investments in information technology in north Bengal, particularly in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, by setting up IT parks and helping youths hone their skills, officials have said.
At a sensitisation and interactive session that hosted by the state department of IT and electronics (DIT&E) and WB Electronics Industry Development Corporation Limited in association with Nasscom here on Friday, Debasis Sen, additional chief secretary of the department, outlined plans for the growth of the sector in the region.
“At the business summit that was held at Darjeeling couple of months back, we had discussed the potentiality of IT sector in hills. The government is planning to set up two parks one in Kalimpong and another in Siliguri,” said Sen.
As of now, there are two IT parks, one run by Webel another by a private group.
“Given the locational advantage of Siliguri as a hub of important trade routes, we feel it can develop as a centre for e-commerce and allied services. The online platform can also be used to promote the tourist destinations of the region through an intelligent marketing for which specialised services can be opened here,” he added.
At the session, representative of a private company that had made investments in IT sector in the city earlier said they have planned to come up with fresh investments in the sector and also in the fields of health, education and tourism in north Bengal.
In recent years, business meets have been organised in Siliguri and also in Darjeeling to bring in private investments in this part of the state. A separate meet on IT sector however, was hosted by the state for the first time. “Siliguri is one of the tier-II cities in Bengal that have been marked as a prospective centre for IT. The state wants to bring in investments and simultaneously create a pool of prospective employees,” said a source.
Source: The Telegraph