New Delhi: Essar group firm Aegis on Monday said it has set up a call centre in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh, which will offer employment to close to 1,000 people.

Aegis Chhindwara, the second centre in Madhya Pradesh after Bhopal, will operate with initial capacity of 400 seats, a move that would generate close to 1,000 direct and indirect jobs to the local youth, Aegis said in a statement.

This new centre is part of the declared objective of spreading out in tier II and III cities to provide employment to local youth and economic empowerment to the region, it added.

"Our strategy of moving into Tier II and III cities generates opportunities that are of immense value for the local youth, who otherwise migrate to larger cities in search of employment. Our customers also appreciate this as we can service their end-customers in their own language," Essar Group Promoter Director Anshuman Ruia said.

This is the 20th centre of the BPO Company, which had clocked revenue of USD one billion during 2011-12 and provides employment to 55,000 people.

Inaugurating the centre, Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath said, "This is a very significant step to make Chhindwara a hub for knowledge and skills. The government is keen to collaborate with private sector organisations that are helping develop economy in small towns and cities of India."


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