IT/ITES export by STPI sees stupendous growth, West Bengal among main contributors

IT/ITES export by STPI sees stupendous growth, West Bengal among main contributors

Kolkata, Sep2: India is seeing a stupendous growth in IT/ITES exports by Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) units from Rs 52 crores in 1992-93 to over Rs 3,50,680 crores in 2016-2017, a senior official of the organisation said on Saturday.

Software exports made by STP units from West Bengal's Durgapur, Haldia, Kharagpur, Siliguri and Kolkata was recorded at Rs 7,151 crores during the same period, which placed the state in a prominent position on the IT map of the country,Dr Omkar Rai, Director General of STPI said while speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Kolkata Incubation Centre of STPI.

STPI, which works under the Union ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, has 58 centres across the country, and out them 50 had been developed in Tier-II and Tier III cities of the country with an objective of a uniform and overall development of IT/ITES exports across the country. Another unit of STPI was going to come up at Ranaghat in West Bengal, Mr Rai revealed.

Mr Rai said that India had moved from a country that provided IT services to a country that exported IT products, and STPI has played a significant role in it by providing single window regulatory services under STP and EHTP schemes, plug and play incubation for the start up companies and young entrepreneurs as well as High Speed Data Communication(HSDC) services. He further said that STPI has been successfully delivering statutory services to the IT/ITES/ESDM industry.

The incubation centre at Kolkata will be spread across an area of 1.94 lakh sq. ft. built-up space, Mr Rai informed and added that the facility will have provision of raw and plug-n-play incubation space for IT/ITeS companies, especially for entrepreneurs/ strat-ups. The building will also house Network Operation Centre(NOC) and state-of-the-art Data Centre for providing Data Centre services and HSDC services to the IT/ITeS industry, he added. (UNI)