The government departments have plans to spend $6 billion in 30 so-called mission mode projects (MMPs). So country’s information technology industry in dearth of international contracts are aiming towards these government contracts. This covers a number of the government projects that relate to the filing of income-tax, central excise, transport services, computerising municipalities and the police force and developing e-district and e-courts.
Companies such as TCS, HCL and Wipro have won significant government business in recent months, and industry officials speak of the government contracts on offer ranging from as small as INR 100 crore to multiples of INR 1,000 crore. Infosys has recently bid for a railway project related to creating a Locomotive Management System and ERP implementation, a project to create a billing system for BSNL and another contract from the defence forces. Even HCL Technologies, has recently won a seven-year, Rs 393-crore project from the National Insurance Company to roll out a new IT application across the company’s operations.