Bengal’s draft electronic, hardware policy next week: Official

March 7th, 2012 - 12:52 am ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, March 6 (IANS) West Bengal is likely to come out with a draft of its electronic and hardware policy in order to draw up a new Information Technology policy, focusing on development of hardware and software industry in the state, by next week, an official said Tuesday.

“The state government will come out with an electronic and hardware policy soon. Its drafting is complete and could be out next week. We will have advisory committee meetings on it,” state Principal Secretary, Information Technology Basudeb Banerjee said at a seminar on electronic system and design manufacturing here.

The Mamata Banerjee-led government had constituted an IT expert panel on software and hardware with Infosys chairman emeritus N.R. Narayana Murthy as its chief mentor and Sam Pitroda as chairman.

State Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee said electronic and design manufacturing could be a key driver for growth.

“The state has identified the hardware potential and will formulate incentives for hardware companies,” Chatterjee said.

The state government had earlier indicated that the new policy would give priority to small and medium IT firms and lay stress on developing both software and hardware.

The state’s erstwhile Left Front government had unveiled its IT policy in 2003.

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