Bengal invites Microsoft to set up research base
Kolkata: The West Bengal government has
urged global software major Microsoft to set up a research
unit in the state, Commerce and IT minister Partha Chatterjee
said on Friday.
"We have urged Microsoft to set up a research base in
West Bengal, like Bengaluru," Chatterjee told reporters here.
"They are open to set up a research wing here," he added.
He said the government was seriously thinking of
setting up a research and analytical wing under the Commerce
and Industry Ministry.
The state had received six proposals from IT companies
for setting up units here involving an investment of Rs 1,410
crore, Chatterjee said, adding that these proposals would
entail direct employment to 19,000 people and indirect
employment to 1.25 lakh.
The Minister said the state government has set a target
to capture one-third of the total IT revenue of the country.