January 5, 2014
WB Govt planning to introduce single window clearance for IT projects
Bengal is planning to have a single-window clearance for infotech (IT) projects similar to the one set up for industrial proposals.
The state is also weighing a proposal to set up an IT sub-committee or a task force and will study the feasibility of such a facility.
“The IT companies I interacted with today have stressed the need to have a single window for speedy clearance. Having representatives of multiple departments under one roof will enhance the convenience,” Bengal IT minister Partha Chatterjee said.
The minister interacted with companies and stakeholders of the sector yesterday to encourage entrepreneurship, discuss issues affecting the companies operating here and put key infrastructure in place to fuel growth.
As part of the new West Bengal Policy on Information and Communication Technology, 2012 and West Bengal ICT Incentive Scheme, 2012, the state has set a target to achieve 15 per cent of the country�s ICT revenue by 2020.
After assuming power, the Trinamool-led state government had set up an IT advisory committee led by N.R. Narayana Murthy of Infosys and Sam Pitroda as a member.
“We also want to set up a `technology bhavan` which other states already have. While things are yet to be finalised, this can come up on government land. We have land available in Sector V of Salt Lake and Rajarhat. Everyone agreed that the IT sector has prospects as it generates employment,” Chatterjee said.