Industry representatives have been included in the committee

The State government has constituted a 15-member committee for formulation of new Information Communication Technology (ICT) policy to attract more investment. The committee being headed by State IT Secretary has been asked to prepare a draft ICT policy for the government approval within three months.

Apart from IT secretary, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), Director of IIIT, Bhubaneswar, Additional Director, Software Technology Park of India, Bhubaneswar, and representatives from finance and energy departments have been taken into the committee.

The committee has also included industry representatives such as IT Association of Odisha, CII, Odisha and NASSCOM for incorporating their suggestions in the new ICT policy.

A notification issued by the State government says, “a number of changes have taken place in IT, ITES, ICT, electronics and hardware industry sector. Now it is required to have new ICT policy for the State to attract more investments in the IT/ITES/ICT sector of the State and to facilitate the growth of IT industry in the State.”

Software exports

Sources say software exports from the State have registered a growth of 17 per cent in 2011-12 compared to the previous fiscal. Odisha reported IT export of Rs. 1611.67 crore in 2011-12 in comparison to Rs. 1376.88 crore in 2010-11.

Software major Infosys has the bulk share in software export from the State. Export of Infosys has been estimated at Rs. 1127 crore in 2011-12 compared to Rs. 1019 crore during the previous fiscal. The State has ranked tenth in software exports among the states.

“We have been continuously improving policy targeted at IT sector. The new policy would explore enabling provisions for industries operating in different sub-sectors of IT,” says Manas Panda, Additional Secretary of STPI, Bhubaneswar, who has been taken as a member in the committee. Given several new IT projects lined up in Bhubaneswar, around 25,000 new recruitments could be possible in the next couple of years. Infosys is planning to set up over 50 acres of land in its second campus at Info Valley – Bhubaneswar’s second software park spread over 600 acres of land.

  • State government has issued a notification for the purpose

  • Draft policy to be prepared in three months