Our Profile and ProspectsWebel was incorporated on 4th. February, 1974 to shape the Electronics Industry in West Bengal. The past few years have witnessed a gradual acknowledgment of the strategic advantages of Bengal, a maturing socio-political attitude & an appreciation of the proactive efforts by the Government & other key stakeholders to further strengthen Bengal's value proposition & reinforce its position as a destination of corporate choice. With the introduction of the Information Technology Policy of Government of West Bengal in 2000, Webel fast adapted itself to the changing scenario to suit the requirements of the IT and ITeS industries and geared up to function as the nodal agency entrusted with the responsibility of bringing West Bengal to the forefront of the knowledge industry in India by way of taking a number of proactive initiatives along with facilitating Private Sector Participation in the sector.
Today Webel plays the role of the nodal agency for the state government, with two distinctivefacets:
The first, assisting the State Government in nurturing the Electronics & IT industry of the State, which has seen remarkable growth in the last four years. In this role Webel facilitates the growth of the industry by a host of measures, such as ensuring the availability of quality infrastructure in the form of land/buildings for the investors, ensuring last mile connectivity and also facilitating processes of clearances that are required to set up business in the knowledge based industry sector in the State. Thus Webel forms a single window to new investors as well as nurtures existing investors who are working in the State. In addition to the firm efforts that are more focused on the immediate business requirements, Webel is also driving a series of concentrated efforts to structurally address the talent concerns of the Electronics & IT/ITES industry , development of core competencies & initiating focused efforts to streamline the internal business margins, address a larger market base & enhance ethical practices. Such continued emphasis will contribute to long term payoffs & will structurally strengthen Webel into a profitable company.
The second distinctive role that Webel plays, is in assisting the State Government in all its e-governance projects. To mention a few success stories, Webel has set up West Bengal State Wide Area Network (WBSWAN), the State Government's basic optical fibre network which covers all district headquarters and eight important sub-divisional towns of the State. It is now poised to implement the second phase of the network, which will be reaching the Gram Panchayats.
E-governanceWebel has implemented a number of remarkable e-governance projects which deliver value to citizens. To name a few, a private Optical Fiber Network, the West Bengal State Wide Area Network (WBSWAN) has been set up connecting all district head quarters, Gram Panchayat level and the Block level. WBSWAN forms the basic backbone of the government's e-governance program.
Riding on the basic connectivity, successful projects in the field of health care, law and order, commercial tax applications to name a few have been implemented. The power of IT has been harnessed to bring tangible benefits to citizens in the remote areas of the state through the telemedicine project. The project offers the best of breed medical expertise from Kolkata to people visiting hospitals in districts where this quality of consultation is unavailable. Today, three referral hospitals and six nodal centers have the telemedicine facility established and the telemedicine model which Webel has established is one of its kind in the country in terms of technology and value addition.
Webel has implemented an application, the first of its kind in the country, where all 411 Police Stations of West Bengal has been networked and a series of applications run on the network such as criminal tracking system, application which permit messaging and access to data at grass-root levels to track crime.