Setting MP on the Digital Course: M Selvendran

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M Selvendran, Managing Director of MPSEDC

The Madhya Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation Ltd or MPSEDC is the nodal agency for facilitating opportunities for software development, supply of hardware and peripherals, networking and connectivity, web applications, e-commerce, IT training and the entire gamut of direct and indirect IT businesses. The Managing Director of MPSEDC, M Selvendran, in an interview with Manish Arora of Elets News Network (ENN) talks about the pro-active role his organisation is playing towards overall growth of the electronics sector in the State

What are the primary objectives of the Madhya Pradesh State Electronic Development Corporation Ltd?

The MPSEDC is an agency of the State Government working towards promotion of Information Technology in the State and implementation of eGovernance services across all verticals here. It is the single point of access to any IT business opportunity in Madhya Pradesh and encourages various players in the field of IT to come forward and invest in the State.

The primary objective of MPSEDC is to develop the electronics sector across the State and provide IT-related services to all the departments of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

We aim to establish companies and associations for starting and/or taking over electronics industrial enterprises of any description to develop the electronics sector in Madhya Pradesh.

At present, MPSEDC has been entrusted with the responsibilities of a nodal agency for implementation of various prestigious IT projects of both the Government of India as well as the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the State, viz. development of IT Parks, electronics manufacturing clusters (EMCs), infrastructure development for BPOs, State Wide Area Network (SWAN), Wide Area Network (WAN), Common Service Centres (CSCs), State Data Centres (SDCs), State e-Governance Service Delivery Gateway (SSDG), etc., which are in progress. We also have the responsibility to store and preserve the data of government departments.

How has been the response of IT companies in the State?

The response of the IT companies from the State has been tremendous. We have a special focus on developing the IT business, especially the electronics sector of the State. After we rolled out our IT and BPO policies, a number of companies came forward with positive response for setting up their businesses in the State.

According to you, what is an ideal Smart City?

An ideal Smart City is where citizens enjoy a better standard of living and where government does futuristic urban planning. Also, where technology is used to provide services like water supply, sanitation, uninterrupted electricity supply, regulated and smooth traffic, and hassle-free public transport that makes movement of people easier, clean city, availability of public space for entertainment, electronic governance, etc.

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