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New IT policy to be announced soon: Governor

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government intends to create two lakh jobs in the Information Technology (IT) sector in the State in the next five years, Governor R.L. Bhatia told the Assembly on Friday.

In his address to the Assembly, the Governor said the proactive business development efforts of the Infopark and Technopark since the arrival of the Left Democratic Front Government had already set off the growth trend in the IT sector in the State. These institutions would be developed as the hub of IT industry in the State. A Technocity envisaged as a self-contained IT township is also coming up on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram.

The Government is planning to set up IT parks in a hub-and-spoke model across the State, the spokes reaching to all the district headquarters and selected rural locations. The new IT policy will be announced soon, he added.

The Government offices at the district and block levels are to be provided with connectivity under the Kerala State Wide Area Network initiative and 15 mission mode projects being implemented as part of the national e-governance plan this year.

Akshaya e-centres across the State will get broadband connectivity and these will provide e-governance services to the people even in remote areas of the State, he added.

Mr. Bhatia said the Government had decided to waive most of the dues run up by closed industrial units and plantations to enable them to recommence operations.

He said the proposed LNG Terminal and Vallarpadam International Transhipment Container Terminal in Kochi would definitely stimulate rapid industrialisation in the State. An electronic hub in Kochi and a spices park in Idukki will come up this year.