CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged the chief executives of over 12 major Information Technology (IT) companies to invest in the State. Chouhan wrote personal letters to the CEOs highlighting advantages of investing in Madhya Pradesh and concessions being offered by the State Government for setting up business here.
The companies include Tata Consultancy Service, Wipro, Infosys, HCL, Satyam and top 10 Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies listed by NASSCOM.
Chouhan claimed that the State had tremendous potential for IT sector and had emerged as second-largest state in the country with growing economy. “To accelerate growth and join ranks with frontline states in the country, Madhya Pradesh is offering attractive opportunities for investment in IT sector,” said the letter. He offered IT giants to invest in Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior.
Referring to his government’s commitment to promote IT sector, the Chief Minister said, “The State is committed to providing a hassle-free, one-stop facilitation to investors. On behalf of my colleagues in Government, I assure you that you will find full support and an extremely friendly atmosphere to facilitate you in doing business”.
Such request letters for investing in IT sector were dispatched along with the new IT Policy of Madhya Pradesh and another booklet ‘Advantage Madhya Pradesh’.
The letter said, “Madhya Pradesh is a suitable destination for investment because of the low-cost operations as compared to the other tier II cities on account of cheaper land, availability of skilled manpower, low-cost of living and a good social and physical infrastructure. In the recent hunt of IT/ITES companies for tier II investment destinations, Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, could qualify to be ideal destinations for meeting requirement of IT industry”.
Giving special reference to Bhopal, the Chief Minister said, “We have government land in Bhopal, which could be made available to you for setting up your units as per the rebate terms mentioned in the IT Policy. For allotment of this land, we are, to begin with, writing to only top 15 IT companies and the top 10 BPO companies listed by NASSCOM. Land will be allotted to them on a first come, first basis,” the letter said.