Bagalore: The country’s second largest software services provider, Infosys Technologies Ltd, said it will decide on its plan to enter West Bengal after the government allots land to the firm. “We still have not got the land, once we get the land we will take a decision definitely,” Infosys chairman and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy said.
Cautious: Chairman of the Infosys board N.R. Narayana Murthy. Aijaz Rahi / AP
The comments came a week after Infosys’ director T.V. Mohandas Pai’s remark that the company was rethinking its plan to enter West Bengal. Reacting to protests against Tata Motors Ltd in Singur, Pai had said on 8 September: “Singur has created fear in the minds of India Inc. We are watching the development very closely... We will rethink and reconsider the situation if need be.”
Tata Motors, which is setting up a factory in Singur to build the Rs1 lakh Nano car, has stopped work at the site in view of the ongoing agitation.
“We had only said that we too can give a relook and rethink...after this the West Bengal chief minister had said that the government will ensure that industry is made comfortable,” Pai said on Monday. “We are encouraged by what the chief minister has said.”
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has reassured the company of the government’s cooperation and support, he added.
Infosys had signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government for acquiring land to set up a software development centre three months ago. The company is looking to acquire 99 acres, Pai said, but refused to divulge the location.
The company’s board would meet shortly to take a final view, he said.