Odisha to create 1 lakh jobs in IT sector in 5 years

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said his government will spend Rs.4,000 crore in the next five years and has set a target to create one lakh jobs in the information technology (IT) sector.

“The state government is going to spend around Rs.4,000 crore from the state budget in the next five years towards IT, ITES (information technology enabled service) and ESDM (electronic system design and manufacturing),” he said.

The state government has a target to create one lakh jobs in the IT sector in the next five years, the chief minister said at a function here.

To provide employment opportunities to the youth of the state, the state government was bringing out a Rural BPO scheme with 5,000-10,000 seats in all the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) locations of the state, he said.

Patnaik said every department would spend 2 percent of their plan budget or 1 percent of their total budget for electronic enabled service delivery to citizens.

“The state government has brought out a new industry friendly ICT Policy-2014 and Industrial Policy Resolution-2015 where we strive to make Odisha the preferred IT destination for IT/ITES/ESDM companies by providing a slew of attractive fiscal incentives and concessions,” he said.

Odisha was the first state in India to sign an agreement with TiE of the Silicon Valley, US, to attract foreign investment in the ESDM sector, he added.

Patnaik said his government was focusing on providing high-speed broadband internet services in the next three years time for seamless transactions of government services from the state to the gram panchayat level.

The state is focusing on providing end-to-end dedicated government network from state to Gram Panchayat level, offering high speed Internet in next three years for seamless transactions of government services, Patnaik said.

In order to provide employment opportunity to the youth close to their home towns, government is bringing out Rural BPO scheme with 5,000 to 10,000 seats in all the STPI locations of the state, he added.

Speaking on Mindtree Kalinga, its Chairman Subroto Bagchi said it is our first residential campus spread across 20 acres of the most beautiful landscape in Bhubaneswar.

An amount of Rs 125 crore has been invested for the first phase of Mindtree Kalinga, he said, adding that work for second and third phase would be taken up soon.

The campus hosts the Global Learning Center of the company. The excavated soil was used for making over one million bricks which were used for construction of the campus, he said, adding that 14.7 million litre pond was made to utilise rain water for construction work.

The campus is designed to train and groom 2,500 young engineers annually and at present 800 technical associates are working here, he said.