Gujarat, under chief minister Narendra Modi, is now trying hard to catch up with IT initiatives. With Tata’s Nano plant to the state’s credit, Modi says the state is now well-poised to become a role model as far as e-governance is concerned, a factor which will help the state attract more investments into the ICT sector.
As per the information provided by Modi, Gujarat has already deployed e-procurement in 118 government departments and organisations with total purchases of above Rs 15,000 crore per annum. Gujarat is also the first state to come up with a dedicated organisation to issue digital certificates for e-governance and e-business. Besides, this the state is using the Edusat programme to train students starting from primary school to engineering and medical colleges.
According to a study conducted by Nasscom and A T Kearney, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara are seen as challengers, for many Indian and global IT firms like Satyam, MphasiS, TCS, Patni and L&T Infotech have already established their base in the state. Moreover, the eleventh edition of the state’s IT event is being attended by over 100 companies including many Indian and global IT firms. Gujarat is participating in the three-day event as a partner state, and Mexico is the partner country for the event.