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Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today 1 August announced something that scores of qualified unemployed youths in Bengal have been craving to hear for a while!

She said that IT giant Wipro is making a re-entry in Bengal with a technology project spread over 50-acres land.

“They are returning to Bengal and will create 10,000 jobs. They have agreed,” the Chief Minister said while speaking at the launch of a save green drive at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata today.

She, however, did not clarify what Wipro has agreed to and what is the deadline for the project launch and commissioning.

The IT major had bought 50-acre land at New Town at the fag end of Left Front government for an IT park on the condition that the state will grant it SEZ status.

But soon after this, Trinamool came to power and made it clear that it will not grant SEZ status to any industry come what may.

Since then, the land has been lying idle as Wipro says it cannot go ahead with the project unless SEZ status is granted.

Banerjee today said that Wipro has sought another 50-acre land in the upcoming IT park at New Town that the state has christened Silicon Valley.

“There are 100 acres in Silicon Valley now and we will add another 100 acres. Wipro alone has taken 50-acres there,” she said.

Although several IT companies have booked land at the proposed IT park, at the ground only the land has been demarcated and cleared. Construction work has not begun yet.

In another development, the Chief Minister said that Microsoft will soon launch two e-commerce platforms for the weavers in Bengal.

“The projects are Sangam and Reweb that will cover 6-lakhs weavers in the state and help them increase their income by 25 per cent a month. The project will start from Nadia soon,” she said.

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