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   IT Minister Ponnala - New IT Policy to be Unveiled Soon
The Union Government will soon roll out an electronics policy, which would envisage an electronics production target of US 400 billion by 2020, according to  Mr. J Sathyanaryana, Secretary, Department of IT, Ministry of communications and IT, Government of India.

At the inaugural of IndiaSoft 2012, the International IT exhibition and conference here on Wednesday, he said the proposed policy would give equal importance to manufacturing hardware as was given for software exports. It would focus on five areas – creation of an enabling eco-system for manufacturers, thrust on exports, stress on human resource development to meet industry needs, lay down quality standards and ensure cyber security.

The proposed policy will give equal importance to electronics manufacturing as is given in the case of software exports, so that this segment of the IT industry will get a boost and supplement and complement the overall exports from the country. The policy deliberations are at an advanced stage and hopefully it will be finalized shortly,” he added.

Dwelling on the vision of the Policy, Mr. Sathyanaryana said it would mainly focus on five areas, such as creation of an enabling eco-system for manufacture of electronics, thrust on exports, stress on human resource development for meeting the needs of the industry, lay down quality standards and would ensure cyber security. Stress on the manufacture of semi-conductors, creating more electronics manufacturing clusters, identify creation of IT investment centres for hardware and software development are the hallmark of the policy to provide a congenial IT eco system.

Mr. Lakshmaiah said the State government had proposed to expand the extent of the existing IT corridor by improving the required infrastructure across a stretch of 202 square miles at a cost of Rs. 2,385 crore. This IT Investment Region project would be around the Outer Ring road and network would be increased around Shamshabad and Uppal and Madhapur, making it one contiguous zone with excellent connectivity, he said.

Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Anabel Gonzalez, showcased Cosa Rica as a prime near-shore destination for Indian companies and said it could be used to leverage presence across North and South America, providing real-time services. It was home to most medium, IT, Business Process Outsourcing and customer service companies.

Earlier, Mr. Lakshmaiah promised to constitute a task force in coordination with other departments to sort out the problems being faced by the IT professionals with the fictitious companies.

The Minister made this announcement when members of Forum of IT Professionals, led by the MLCs K. Nageshwar, M.V.S. Sharma and V. Bala Subramaniam, met him here.

Speaking at the Indiasoft 2012, Mr. JK Dadoo, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce,, Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that the quantum of e-commerce in India would grow by 20 times from present level of US$ 300 million to close to US$ 20 billion in 5-7 years, aided by the increasing internet penetration in the country. He also flag marked India’s IT potential in areas like cloud computing, frugal engineering, satellite communications, production of affordable tablets, digital set-ups etc. The accelerated digitization in ministries like Food, telecom, health, human resources will create million of gainful jobs in the country, he added.
Wed 21 Mar, 2012,11:42:06 PM
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