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Govt clears Rs 493 cr outlay to promote BPOs

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Ravi-Shankar-PrasadThe government has approved India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), which aims to promote BPO/ITeS operations across the country, with an outlay of about Rs 493 crore during the remaining period of 12th Five Year Plan.

“The government has approved 48,300 seats for setting up call centres across the country based on population percentage as per Census 2011,” Minister of Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Lok Sabha.

“5,000 seats have been planned for North East Region under the North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) which stands notified,” the minister added.

According to report, the highest number of seats (8,800) is planned in Uttar Pradesh at, followed by Bihar (4,600), Maharashtra (3,900) and West Bengal (3,400).

India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), which is part of government’s digital inclusion programme, would help spread the IT sector across small towns in the country.

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