Panel for new ICT policy to meet in Jan

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 30, 2012 20:22 hrs

The fifteen member committee formed to give a shape to the new ICT policy, 2012 for the state to woo IT (information technology) investors will have its maiden meeting in January next year.

“Meeting of the 15 member committee mandated to prepare a draft ICT policy is scheduled to be held on January, 11 “, said an official in the state IT department.

The members of the panel will provide necessary suggestions on the draft report prepared by the Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PWC) for the purpose, added the official.

The committee is headed by State IT secretary. The draft ICT policy vetted by it will be submitted to the government for approval within three months.

The members in the committee include Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), Director of IIIT, Bhubaneswar, Additional Director, Software Technology Park of India, Bhubaneswar. The committee has industry representatives from bodies like IT Association of Odisha, CII, Odisha and National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom).

The finalization of new policy assumes significance as the state has set target to create 30000 new jobs in the IT and IT enabled services sector in next two years.

IT firms registered with the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has engaged around 10,000 people in the state. As per the estimates of the state IT department, the Infocity-II project is set to attract investments worth Rs 4,000 crore from IT and ITes companies.

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