Posted on : August 23, 2018


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has unveiled a new IT policy to help make the state a leader in the sector.

The new policy will focus on 3D printing, big data analytics, animation and gaming , besides cyber security INTERNET-of-Things (IoT), robotics, drones, fin tech, artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0, quantum computing and others, a notification said.

“West Bengal has surged ahead economically and seeks to leverage IT for social welfare and economic development.The state’s vision is to become one of the leading states in India in the IT, ITeS, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and ESDM (Electronic System Design and Manufacturing) sectors,” it said.

The policy also aims at accomplishing core strategic objectives such as creating new jobs in the sector besides, upskilling, reskilling and skilling the population of the state.

The notification also claimed that the policy would “enable West Bengal to transform into a knowledge-driven, technologically-enabled welfare society with extensive use of IT and ITeS, there increasing employment opportunities and promoting the state as a preferred investment destination.”

The new policy will also focus on augmented reality and virtual reality besides, block chain, cyber security/cyber forensics and data science.

“The objective of an IT&E policy for West Bengal is to prepare the state for the future. The new policy also stressed priorities would be given to skill building, ecosystem build-up, entrepreneurship promotion, spreading the benefits of the IT revolution in tier II, tier III cities,” it said.

The policy also hopes to leverage  on the robust physical infrastructure of the state i.e. the third largest road network of the country, including 4,000 km of railway tracks and the second largest metro rail network.Referring to the zero man-days lost in the last five years, the policy described West Bengal as a state that has a leading rank among all the states in the context of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB). It has also referred to West Bengal as a power surplus state.(Story Courtesy:NDTV)