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    Posted on 07 October 2011
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    Sibal unveils new draft policy to promote IT industry in tier II and tier III cities

    Policy to create a pool of 10 million skilled IT workers by 2020 and ensure a secure cyberspace ecosystem among other things

    Iftikhar Gilani
    New Delhi

    Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal unveils new draft policy to promote IT industry


    Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday unveiled a draft national policy on information technology (IT) that promises to enhance India's position as a global IT hub and use it as an engine for rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth of the national economy. The policy aims to make at least one individual in every household e-literate within 10 years.

    The draft policy also promises to promote IT industry in Tier II and Tier III cities and create a pool of 10 million additional skilled IT workers by 2020. The IT sector currently employs over 2.5 million skilled people and it has been one of the major employment generators over the last two decades. The policy also proposes to encourage growth of indigenous demands and market, besides promoting further capture of the global market.

    The policy comes on the heels of the draft national policy on electronics released by Sibal four days ago, envisaging the creation of 28 million jobs by 2010 and an attempt to prevent the country from becoming over-dependant on imports for meeting the growing domestic need in the field of electronics.

    Sibal told a press conference here that the new IT policy would strengthen the regulatory and security framework for ensuring a secure cyberspace ecosystem. The draft policy is available on the website of the Department of Information Technology , inviting comments and suggestions.

    It promises to increase the IT revenue from $88 billion to $300 billion by 2020. Pointing to the significant contribution the IT sector has made to the growth of the Indian economy over the last decade, Sibal said 80 per cent of the $88 billion revenue in 2010-11 came from exports.

    The minister also said that India is well positioned to enhance and leverage its existing IT capabilities for a leadership role in the world as a "global IT power house." He also promised fiscal aid to small enterprises and start-ups in the key industrial sector to adopt IT in the value creation.

    The thrust areas of the policy include
    .Leverage to internet, web and mobile technologies for developing new products, technologies and businesses.
    . Integrate internet-based and mobile-based delivery of services onto a common platform to enable seamless, ubiquitous, secure and personalised delivery of government and non-government services across the country.
    .Extend the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and mandate provision of all Government services through electronic mode within a fixed time frame by enactment of the Electronic Delivery of Services (EDS) Bill.
    . Enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency, reliability and decentralisation in Government and in particular, in delivery of public services.
    .Facilitate development of content accessible in all Indian languages and thereby help bridge the digital divide.

    Iftikhar Gilani is Special Correspondent with Tehelka.com
    [email protected]


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