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Indian Government Stresses Rural Focus for ICT Industry

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The Government of India has asked private organisations specifically the ICT industry to establish BPOs and call centres in rural areas. While addressing a gathering of dignitaries at the VARIndia IT Forum 2008, Chandra Sekhar Sahu, Minister of Rural Development stated that the growth of India can be achieved if government is able to offer employment to the youth in the rural areas, which comprises 70 % of the population.

He urged private corporates to set up their back-end activities in the rural areas by creating BPO and call centre jobs. According to him, corporates could save a lot of revenue as they can engage very cheap labor in these locations. The minister also informed about some of the IT projects undertaken by the government in various states, e.g. the Bhoomi project in Karnataka, e-Seva project in Andhra Pradesh, etc. Currently the government is emphasising on expediting various projects, including creating massive e-Governance infrastructure, National ID, Citizen Databases, GIS and GPS, smart card and Digital content and e-Governance domain expertise.


 

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