Former deputy speaker of Punjab, Bir Devinder Singh, said the exit of US-based infor mation technology (IT) giant Dell was a major setback to the ambitious plans aimed at developing SAS Nagar.
In a press release issued here, Singh said when Dell arrived in March 2005, Michael S Dell during his visit on SAS Nagar had stated, “There is a wealth of talent and caliber in India and the software and services are in line with the global IT world here. We expect to have 1,500 employees when it grows to full capacity in a year. If everything goes well as expected, I am earnestly considering to put up a manufacturing unit in North India, preferably i n Punjab near SAS Nag a r. My conditional requirement is world-class infrastructure”.
Singh said, “I wonder why the state government led by Parkash Singh Badal has failed to persuade Dell to not shutdown the local unit in SAS Nagar, while Dell’s operations continue to function in other units located in Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Bangalore. It is certainly a colossal loss to the state of Punjab having lost a global IT company of Dell’s stature, besides causing depressive dislocation to the 1,000 employees working in SAS Nagar.”
He added, “Ironically enough, everything happened contrary to the expectations. Is it not the patent crest failure of the leadership of Sukhbir Singh Badal who used to boast so much for creating investment opportunities for multinational companies in Punjab?”