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New ICT Policy in Odisha to Woo More Investment

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The State Government is likely to formulate an information and communication policy soon to attract more investment in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.

The new ICT policy will focus on faster development of electronics and hardware sector, making human resource available to the IT setups, developing infrastructure for IT industry and announce incentives for the investors. Several other states, including Gujarat, have already formulated ICT policy.

Official sources said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has approved a proposal to constitute a 15-member committee headed by the IT Secretary to hammer out a policy. The new policy will be finalised after consultations to be made by the committee.

The committee will have chairman-cum-managing director of Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), Director of International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Bhubaneswar, representatives from the Industrial Investment Promotion Corporation of Orissa Limited (IPICOL), Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), NASSCOM, Centre for IT Education (CITE) and IT Association of Odisha as its members.

The committee will give a final shape to the ICT Policy-2012 in the next three months, as it will have a draft report prepared by the Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PWC) for the purpose. The State Government had earlier entrusted PWC to prepare the draft ICT Policy that includes hardware policy, IT Promotion strategy and cyber security etc. The last ICT Policy for the Odisha was announced in 2004. The new policy will, however, be in tune with the new IT policy of the Centre.

The new ICT policy will emphasise on providing support for growth of electronics industry with key features, including HR availability, infrastructure, flexibility in setting up new business ventures and availability of land at lower prices.

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