IT infrastructure in Bangla growing at rapid pace

From May 2011, an amount of more than Rs 600 crore has been invested by the Trinamool Congress Government in the creation of physical infrastructure in the IT and electronics sector. This includes creation of IT parks and hardware parks, facilities for equipment manufacturing clusters (EMC), etc. The Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) Department is overseeing all of these.

Hardware park and EMCs: Two electronics manufacturing clusters are coming up in Naihati and Falta. Construction is on in full swing. A hardware park in Sonarpur is complete. An IT park in Kalyani has been planned.

Start-up Warehouse: The State Government established a Start-up Warehouse in 2015 in collaboration with NASSCOM for the benefit of new ventures and start-ups in the IT/ITeS sector. Fifty-one companies have been promoted from the centre so far. Nineteen companies have received funding from private investors and nine companies have received their second round of funding.

Capacity building and self-employment: The IT&E Department, through the training wing of Webel, is imparting IT training in the districts and in tier-II/III-level towns in an organised way. Almost 1.5 lakh students were trained and 30,000 students got employment or achieved self-employment from 2011 to 17, compared to about 74,000 students trained and 11,000 students employed/self-employed during the period of 2004-11.

Cyber Security Centre of Excellence: The Cyber Security Centre of Excellence has been inaugurated by the department and is operational from November 2017. The portal for the same was launched in March 2018. The centre is working on five verticals: capacity building and awareness generation, cyber security assurance, Security Operation Centre, cyber forensics and investigation, and research and development (R&D) and Advisory.

Promotion of emerging technologies: The IT&E Department has been holistically promoting the emerging technologies – the technologies that are going to have a significant impact in the near future. The department has already started working on cyber security, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, animation, IoT (internt of things), Industry 4.0 (a standard), analytics, animation and e-sports. Summits are being held every month on different emerging technologies. Already summits on cyber security, blockchain and artificial intelligence have taken place.

Silicon Valley Asia: The Government is setting up a cutting-edge IT and hardware technology research and manufacturing hub at New Town called Silicon Valley Asia, on the lines of Silicon Valley in California, USA.

Capacity expansion by private companies: Several of the top IT companies in India have opened new campuses and expanded existing ones, or are in the process of doing those. More and more IT companies are showing interest in opening offices and campuses in Bengal.

Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Kalyani: The fi­rst IIIT of Bengal was started in 2014. The first batch of BTech came out in 2018.

Reaching destinations beyond Kolkata and Salt Lake: Twenty-five IT parks in tier-II and tier-III cities in different districts are either operational or at different stages of completion – 12 are fully operational, four are almost completed and nine have received sanction for construction.

Thus we see that the State Government is continuously developing infrastructure for different aspects of the information technology industry. The Government has big plans for making Bengal an IT powerhouse.

Bangla Govt embracing infotech: E-governance, fintech, AI, student competitions, cyber security

Under the initiative of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the State Government has embraced the use of information technology wholeheartedly. Every Bangla Government office, be they in Kolkata or the districts, is either wholly computerised or in the process of being so. The Government is also encouraging students to work on software technologies to create apps and other useful technologies.

E-governance has been made the norm. As a result, work has become faster – both for the Government offices as well as for the public being served.

All information technology-based aspects of the State Government are handled by the Information Technology & Electronics Department. Thus the department is playing a leading role in the digitisation of governance.

A report published by the McKinsey Global Institute last January had stated that Kolkata is poised to emerge as one of the top Indian cities and one of the epicentres of global financial activities by 2030. According to the report, by virtue of its relative proximity to Singapore and Hong Kong, Kolkata stands a bright chance of becoming a big IT hub.

The department is investing in the latest aspects of information technology. It has formed a core group which will interact with various stakeholders and prepare a repository of case studies of projects involving artificial intelligence (AI). Such cases will be taken up which can be adapted by various departments of the State Government.

The IT&E Department is coming up with is a Centre of Innovation. In an effort to give fresh graduates rent-free space for churning out ideas and designing innovative models, the department is setting up a Centre of Innovation at the IT park being built in Bantala, Kolkata. The blueprint for the centre has already been prepared. It will be functional from this financial year, and will have top academicians, scientists and industry members as its mentors.

The department is also encouraging software-based solutions from students, technical professionals and common citizens, particularly for the day-to-day problems of common people. For the last two years (2017 and 2018), the department has been organising Bengalathon, a competition for the development of apps for day-to-day needs.

Another sector the IT&E Department is actively promoting is fintech (short for ’financial technology’). Fintech is an emerging industry that comprises companies which use digital technology to provide financial services. These companies are involved in digital payment, automatic digital banking, share market analytics, insurance predictions and asset management.

The State Government has taken a leading role in developing fintech. A fintech hub is coming up in New Town, with plug-and-play infrastructure. Several companies have already rented space. The department came up with a stellar show at the Singapore FinTech Festival, held last November.

The department has already started working on emerging technologies like cyber security, blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine learning, animation, IoT (internet of things), Industry 4.0 (a standard), analytics, animation and e-sports. Summits are being held every month on different emerging technologies.

An important avenue of growth and safety that the State Government has identified is cyber security. It has set up a Cyber Security Centre of Excellence in order to successfully confront cyber crimes.

The cyber security centre collects, analyses and disseminates information on cyber security incidents, executes emergency measures, coordinates response, and issues guidelines, advisories and vulnerability notes. It also acts as a monitoring authority for the State, which looks at every single incident and incorporates the information for research and development.

Harnessing technology in the best possible way tops the Bangla Government’s priorities, and the above measures provide ample proof of that.

IT sector growing rapidly in Bangla

The information technology (IT) sector in Bangla is growing at a fast pace. Under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, there has been a lot of growth in the sector, and the Information Technology & Electronics Department is the department driving this growth.

Almost 80% overall growth in IT business: The State now has a presence of about 894 IT companies, up from nearly 500 in 2010-11, showing a rise of almost 80 per cent in the IT business.

Many of the leading IT software companies are operating and expanding their facilities in the State at the moment.

The vision: The vision of the State Government, as described in its ICT Policy 2012, is to become one of the leading States in India in the IT and ITeS, and ESDM sectors and to enable Bangla to transform into a knowledge-driven welfare society.

67 per cent growth in employment: From the financial year (FY) 2010-11 figure of 90,000, the IT sector today employs more than 1,50,000 IT professionals – a growth of about 67 per cent. The projected figure for employment for FY 2018-19 is at least 1.8 lakh, of which almost 50,000 will be covered through the IT parks developed by the State Government.

Almost 150 per cent growth in export: The total export by the IT industry of the State was Rs 21,000 crore during FY 2017-18, compared to Rs 8,500 crore during 2010-11, showing a growth of about 150 per cent in seven years.

IT sector in Bangla: Improving in leaps and bounds

The information technology sector in Bangla has progressed in leaps and bounds under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The Trinamool Congress Government has created a favourable environment for the growth of the sector and its related industries in Bangla.

This is evident from a comparison of the achievements of the Information Technology & Electronics Department in 2010-11, which was the last year of the Left Front rule, and 2017-18:

· Plan Budget of the department: More than doubled, from Rs 93.7 crore to Rs 201.53 crore, signifying an increased focus on the information technology and electronics sector;
· Software export turnover: Grew by almost 2.5 times, from Rs 8,500 crore to Rs 21,000 crore. Bangla is thus gradually turning into a hotbed of cutting-edge technology;
· Employment in IT sector: Significant rise from 90,000 to 1.5 lakh, ushering in a tech-savvy generation
· Investment for creation of IT hardware clusters: Nil earlier to Rs 14.86 crore; thus, the State Government, for the first time, under the direction of Trinamool Congress, is focussing on the creation of hardware clusters
· Investment for creation of IT parks: Grew by more than 16 times, from Rs 37.18 crore to Rs 612.11 crore, thus bringing about an unprecedented focus on infrastructure creation – 15 IT parks have been completed and 10 more are under construction.

Under the direction of Mamata Banerjee, the department is bringing about an all-round development, opening numerous employment opportunities, both in software and hardware.

Consider Bangla your home: Mamata Banerjee at Silicon valley hub foundation laying ceremony

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee laid the foundation stone of Bangla Silicon Valley hub today. It will be located in Newtown.

This information technology (IT) industry hub has been conceived on the lines of the famous Silicon Valley in USA, and hence the name.

The hub commands a huge 100-acre vista, where national and international IT and IT-enabled service companies are expected to create numerous jobs for people from Bangla. It will also act as a centre of excellence for the IT industry, and will attract some of the biggest names of the world.

Highlights of the Chief Minister’s speech:

The GDP growth rate of Bangla is 9.15%. We are very much ahead. Even if you see the GVA growth rate – India is 6.5% and Bengal is 9.59%.

Industry sector – India 5.54% and Bengal 16.29% (3 times more). Service sector growth for India is 8.30% and Bengal is growing at 15.61%. In the agriculture sector, India’s growth rate is 2.10% and for Bengal it is 2.28%

Unemployment is a big problem in India. You will be happy to know, as per a report of the Union Ministry of Labour, Bengal’s unemployment has reduced by 40%. The credit must go to my industry friends, small industries, unorganised sector as well as the IT industry.

Sometimes I feel bad that the IT industry is mainly based in Bangalore and Hyderabad. Of course the infrastructure was better there. At that time we were not in power.

We do not believe in coming to power for the love of chair. We believe in power to take care.

Bangalore and Hyderabad have become congested. I urge you to come to Bengal. You will get more talented people. If you invest in Bengal, those who are currently working elsewhere will also come back here.

Our young generation is working across the world. They are very dedicated, devoted, determined and sincere. They need respect, not money. I believe they can deliver any job, better than anybody else.

It was my challenge that we have to conquer the world. That’s why we have started the Silicon Valley hub today. If America has a Silicon Valley, Bangla also will have a second Silicon Valley.

We have 100 acres of land available. Set up your IT industry here. If you require more, I will ask the authorities to keep another 100 acres ready. Whatever we can, we will try our best.

Bangla is the gateway to north east India. You can set up your industry in Darjeeling also. Bangla is also the gateway to Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha are our adjacent states. We are only 3 hours away from Singapore. Bangkok is also 2 hours away.

If you invest here, you can tap into the potential of young students. We can give you more productivity, talent, researchers. I am proud to say, everywhere in the world, you will find a Bengali.

This is your State also. Treat this as your home. Nurture this as your baby. The asset is your working capital. I assure all cooperation from State Government. Consider us as your sweet family.

Modern technology to determine water levels in dams

The State Government, on the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has decided to take the help of technology to determine the exact amount of water in the dams across the state.

The current system is manual. Now that will become easier with the help of technology. Through satellite images, CCTV system at dams and barrages, sensor systems and radio frequencies, it will be possible to determine the detailed data related to water flow in rivers and levels of water in reservoirs, which will be conveyed to a joint control room.

From this control room, accurate data will be communicated to officials of the Irrigation Department and other departments wherever required in the state, so that adequate relief measures can be taken in advance. Data on how much water has been released by dams in neighbouring states into rivers, which flow into Bengal, will also be shown on the giant monitors in the control room.


বাঁধে কত জল, বলবে প্রযুক্তিই


যথাসময়ে নদী ও বাঁধের জলস্তরের হালহকিকত জানতে আধুনিক প্রযুক্তির সাহায্য নিচ্ছে রাজ্যের সেচ দপ্তর। এখন কাজ হয় মনুষ্যচালিত ব্যবস্থায়। এ বার স্বয়ংক্রিয় পদ্ধতি চালু করছে ওই দপ্তর।

কী ভাবে তথ্য দেবে নতুন প্রযুক্তি? এই ব্যবস্থায় উপগ্রহ-চিত্র, সিসিটিভি, সেন্সর সিস্টেম, রেডিও ফ্রিকোয়েন্সির মাধ্যমে বিভিন্ন নদীতে জলপ্রবাহের গতিপ্রকৃতি, ব্যারাজে জল ওঠানামার ছবি ও তথ্য উঠে আসবে কন্ট্রোল রুমের জায়ান্ট স্ক্রিনে। পড়শি রাজ্য কোনও বাঁধ থেকে জল ছাড়লে কোন নদ বা নদীর জলস্তর কতটা বাড়ছে, কোথায় লাল, কোথায় হলুদ সঙ্কেত দেওয়া হয়েছে— তা-ও দেখা যাবে ওই জায়ান্ট স্ক্রিনে। আবার নদীর পাড় কোথায় কতটা ভাঙছে, সেই ছবিও দেখা যাবে কন্ট্রোল রুমে বসে।

মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়ের নির্দেশে আধুনিক প্রযুক্তিকে কাজে লাগিয়ে সব ব্যারাজ ও বাঁধ সংস্কারের কাজ শুরু হয়েছে, বলেন সেচমন্ত্রী। স্বয়ংক্রিয় ব্যবস্থা চালু করার জন্য প্রথম পর্যায়ে প্রায় ৩৫ বছরের পুরনো তিস্তা ব্যারাজে কাজ শুরু হয়েছে। এ বার তিস্তার পাশাপাশি দুর্গাপুর ও তিলপাড়া ব্যারাজ এবং কংসাবতী, তিলপাড়া বাঁধেও পর্যায়ক্রমে নতুন প্রযুক্তির মাধ্যমে যথাসময়ে যাবতীয় তথ্য সংগ্রহের বন্দোবস্ত হচ্ছে।

Source: Anandabazar Patrika

Exide to invest Rs 700 crore in West Bengal’s Haldia plant

Aiming to produce next generation batteries, Exide Industries will invest Rs 700 crore as capital expenditure (capex) in its Haldia plant in West Bengal.

“We will invest Rs 1,400 crore as capital expenditure between this year and the next year. The capex expenditure will be made primarily for new technology which we are getting from East Penn, USA,” said company’s MD and CEO. Of the total capex, Rs 700 crore will be invested in Haldia for implementation of new technology and capacity expansion, he said.

The first phase of new technology enabled plant in Haldia will be operational in fourth quarter of this year.


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হলদিয়ায় ৭০০ কোটি টাকা বিনিয়োগ করবে এক্সাইড

রাজ্যে শিল্পক্ষেত্রে এবার লগ্নী আসছে। দেশের এক নম্বর স্টোরেজ ব্যাটারি সংস্থা এক্সাইড ইন্ডাস্ট্রি ৭০০ কোটি টাকা বিনিয়োগ করছে।

এক্সাইডের সিইও বলেন, চলতি ও আগামী আর্থিক বছরে আমরা ১৪০০ কোটি টাকা বিনিয়োগ করব। এর মধ্যে ৭০০ কোটি টাকা লগ্নী করে হলদিয়াতে গাড়ির নয়া ও আগামী প্রজন্মের ব্যাটারি তৈরি করার কারখানা তৈরি হবে। বাকি ৭০০ কোটি টাকা বিনিয়োগ সংস্থার অন্যান্য কারখানার উৎপাদন ক্ষমতা ও প্রযুক্তিগত উন্নয়ন খাতে লগ্নি করা হবে।

এই অর্থবর্ষের চতুর্থ কোয়ার্টারে প্রথম পর্যায়ের কাজ শেষ হয়ে যাবে।

e-Governance, tech-savvyness rules WB CM’s 100th admin review meet

The 100th administrative meeting at Burdwan on Wednesday , was more of a corporate boardroom than a traditional government review meeting, where files were replaced with PowerPoint presentations and scribbled notes made way for pie-charts and Excel sheets.

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee’s administration showcased its tech-savvyness as much as its get-it done attitude. Ministers and bureaucrats alike were ready with PPTs and data sheers on their laptops.

The power-packed 150 minutes at Sanskriti Lok Mancha at Burdwan was a reflection of the e-Governance the administration has been boasting of. The Burdwan DM sat with a laptop loaded with PowerPoint presentations of every wing of the administration. Coloured bar charts showed the trends of every scheme in the district.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, who addressed almost half of the district office bearers by name, could point out achievements and trouble areas in every block. She picked five of the 49 police stations as sensitive. “I alerted police officials at Ketugram and Khandaghosh, which have a history of communal tension. I know where it is pinching the administration,“ she said.

All 200 district officials, who have a stock-taking meeting every month and the reports are either in the form of PDF or Excel sheets, had come prepared to face any question. Every official, even at the gram panchayat level, is now equipped with updated progress reports. They normally have video-conferencing twice a week. Moreover, all BDOs, SDO and higher up officials are connected over WhatsApp. So every detail is known to each official of the district

The West Bengal Chief Minister focused more on details of the progress. When officials said 100% girls’ schools now have toilets, she asked them to cross-check the figures “My information says that it is not entirely done and you have 1% left,“ she said. She had separate questions for every MLA. All through, the West Bengal Chief Minister conveyed the message that she means business. “I know there are cases of illegal mining in Asansol. Have we been able to tackle them?“ she asked the SP .

The AITC Digital Team was proactive during the 100th meet with live updates in the form of pictures and news.

Derek O’Brien raises question on communal incidents in the country | Transcript

Sir, the Minister has stated that the number of communal incidents has gone down by 22%. But even he knows that the reality of the number and perception is completely different. There maybe a 222% change.

Sir, my question is what is the definition of a communal incident? Are these incidents due to:

a) Use of loudspeakers

b) Rumour mongering

c) Technology

And my question specifically to the Minister is this. If you are saying the number of communal incidents have come down, will you share the figures?

There is another category called ‘Others’. So how much has ‘Others’ gone up, because in that category, all other incidents – including the communal incidents – can fit in.

So, here’s the question, give us the figures of ‘Others’ so we know how many communal incidents took place. Sir, my colleague asked about the church burning… SIT was constituted in December, 2014. No progress has been made. If church burning is not a communal incident then what else is?