West Bengal has always been regarded as one of India's
States with high intellectual capital and with immense potential to emerge as one of the most attractive investment destinations
for the Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology
enabled Services (ITeS) sectors. However, West Bengal was a late starter in this sector and presently it contributes only about 2.6% of India's software turnover, providing employment to an estimated 1,00,000 persons, concentrated in the Kolkata
metropolitan area. A well-planned and effective strategy is required to encourage additional
investments from large IT companies, to revitalize and tap the talent of home-grown entrepreneurs in the small and medium sector and to enable the spread of the industry to
Tier II and Tier Ill locations. This would facilitate
the electronic delivery of Government services though effective
e-Governance measures and would have a positive impact in the social
and economic lives of a larger community of citizens.
far as the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) Sector is
concerned, the position of West Bengal in an all-India context is not
satisfactory, given the relatively poor scenario of the country as a
whole. West Bengal has, however, some presence in the manufacture of
solar equipments. On the other hand, the hardware sector in West Bengal
has great potential for growth with the availability of skilled and
qualified manpower. A large part of the existing manpower in the
semi-conductor industry in India, for instance, is from West Bengal.
become one of the leading States in India in the IT and ITeS and ESDM sectors and to enable West Bengal to
transform into a knowledge-driven welfare society with extensive use of
IT and ITeS in Governance and in the daily
lives of the people of the State.
To become one of the top three States
in India by turnover and employment, both in the IT and ITeS and ESDM sectors by 2020.
To create an investor-friendly climate
in the State for increasing West Bengal's share in production of
electronic goods in India to 15% by value by 2020.
To provide seamless and reliable
citizen-centric services and information for the public, thereby
enhancing efficiency, transparency and accountability in Government.
To leverage on the premier educational
and research institutions located in West Bengal to emerge as a leading
State in the area of chip design, embedded software industry and areas
related to Very- large-scale integration (VLSI) technologies.
5) To significantly enhance availability of skilled manpower in the ESDM sector. Special focus
for augmenting post graduate education and to produce about 400 PhDs in this field annually
To work with the Government of India
and other State Governments for developing and mandating standards and
certification for electronic products and services and to strengthen
the Quality Assessment infrastructure in West Bengal.
7) To develop a necessary mechanism for effective
disposal of e-waste in the State
Setting up of 26 IT parks & Incubation
centers at least one each in every district of the State.
Encouragement of ICT activities in Tier-II
and Tier-III cities in rural areas by enhancing incentives.
Encouragement for setting up of new Hardware
units and to build at least 15 clusters for SME in Hardware sector
in next 5 years.
“Design Centre” to be developed
in the State with the assistance to premier technology
Gaming and Animation sector is given special
emphasis in the form of special incentives.
Focus on Rural IT infrastructure and Rural IT
Venture Capital for innovation and creativity
for Local entrepreneurs.
Local manufacturers and developers to be
given preference in Government procurement of Hardware and
Start-up companies in SME sector are
encouraged by providing assistance on Lease rental, Power bill,
Recruitment and Exhibition expenses.
Boosting R & D activities in IT sector by
giving reimbursement for patent filing in SME sectors.
To leverage IT in the enhancement of
productivity in different sectors of the economy, the following
measures shall be taken:
Use of IT will be extended to the
agriculture, animal husbandry, fishery and SME sectors for a more
balanced growth and development.
A B2B portal is being developed for the
global marketing of handicrafts and indigenous products of the
Focus on key industry verticals of financial
services and banking, Insurance, Engineering Design and Life
sciences for IT sector growth.
To take care CAGR of the State in Animation
industry to 35 percent and in Gaming industry to 75 percent in
next five years
investment subsidy increased for IT software units as follows:
a) 10% (max Rs. 2.5 crores) from previous 7.5% (max. Rs. 1.5 crores)
b) 12 % (max Rs. 3.5 crores) from previous 10 % (max Rs.
2.5 crores)- C areas
c) 15% with no limit payable in 5 equal yearly
installment for D areas.
a) Limit has been increased to Rs.
4.5 crores from previous Rs.
3.5 crore for ‘B’ areas.
b) Introduced new 15 % subsidy up to a limit of Rs. 4.5 crore for
Animation & Gaming Sector
Capital investment subsidy of 12% upto a limit of Rs. 3.5 crore payable in 5 equal yearly installments for A
& B area; 15% upto a limit of Rs. 4.5 crore payable in
5 equal yearly installments for C & D area.
IT companies in AG sector may avail
75% reimbursement upto a maximum limit of Rs. 1.50 lakhs per candidate
for a maximum of ten candidates, towards the cost of course fee and a
computer, economically and /or physically challenged candidates for
Certified or Diploma Training and absorbing them for a minimum of one
year physically challenged candidates for Certified or Diploma Training
and absorbing them for a minimum of one year.
· Entrepreneurship assistance for Startup SME
companies in the form of reimbursements towards Lease rentals, Power
Bill, Recruitment assistance and Exhibition fees etc.
· Subsidy for Patent filling (50% cost reimbursement upto a maximum of Rs.
5.00 Lakhs) for IT units in MSME sector.
· Subsidy for Quality improvement (50% reimbursement
of certifications expenditure upto a maximum
of Rs. 5.00 lakhs)
for IT units in MSME sector.
anything contained anywhere in the Scheme, the State Government may
consider special package of incentives under this Scheme to a Mega
Project on case by case basis, based on its pioneering nature of
project, location aspect introduction of state of the art technology,
scope of further related investment etc.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation, North 24 Parganas,
South 24 Parganas, Howrah
District Hooghly, and sub-divisions of Siliguri, Kharagpur, Durgapur, Asansol, Haldia, Kalyani
District of Burdwan (excluding sub-divisions of Durgapur, Asansol, Purba Mednipur(excluding
sub-division of Haldia), Malda, Jalpaiguri, Nadia (Except sub-division of
District Birbhum, Bankura, Paschim
Medinipur (except sub-division of Kharagpur), North & South Dinajpur, Purulia, Coochbehar, Darjeeling( excluding sub-division of
Siliguri)And places not covered under Group A, B and C.
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