India’s top IT company , Tata Consultancy Services(TCS), opened a 1,000-seat business process outsourcing (BPO) centre in Patna, that promises thousands of job opportunities for people in the state. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union minister for law & justice and information technology (IT) inaugurated the centre on Thursday.
It is seen as an attempt by the central government to move BPOs from Tier-I cities to Tier II and III cities, which provides great employment opportunities to the people.
While inaugurating the BPO, Ravi Shankar said: “Whenever I visited Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad, I met youths from Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh working in these BPOs. They used to demand the setting up of BPOs in their home state, where they could get jobs.
“The TCS BPO centre here is just starting. Many more companies will follow suit.”
Such centres will also be set up in Muzaffarpur, Dalsinghsarai (Samastipur) under the Indian BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS).
TCS CEO and managing director Rajesh Gopinathan said: “The launch of the new centre in Patna is aligned with the government’s ambitious IBPS and is aimed at creating new jobs and taking the IT revolution beyond the metros.”
Being the largest BPO to have been set up in Bihar-Jharkhand under the under the BPO promotion scheme, the TCS centre in Patna, would create nearly 3,000 direct jobs as it will work in in three shifts. Sources said the TCS Patna centre is already providing IT services to both government and private sectors.