UT looks to revise IT policy to suit industry

The UT administration has been trying to revise it's current IT policy to tune it to the new demands of the industry. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Prerna Puri, secretary, Information Technology, Chandigarh administration, told mediapersons that the UT administration had already started consultations with the industry stakeholders before it unveiled the new policy.

She added that consultations were going on with the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) over the new policy.

"The policy will take into account the contemporary changes in the IT sector. It will have a provision to encourage women to start the IT-related units in the city. The new policy will be women-friendly and will also take into account the developments that have taken place in the field of IT, including the changes that have taken place on the e-governance front. The policy will be made more contemporary," she said.

The IT Secretary said that the government had set up facilitation services in the city to help youngsters open IT-related service industries. Earlier, while briefing about the upcoming two-day event of Destination IT North that will begin on November 22, Puri said that in the run-up to the event, the government had taken measures, including organising the visits of students from educational institutions in the city to the IT companies at the Rajiv Gandhi IT park.

Speaking at the press conference, Ajay P Srivastava, joint director, Software Technology Parks of India, Mohali, said that despite the downturn there was a consistent growth in the IT industry in Punjab. He said that Punjab and Chandigarh together managed a growth rate of over 50 per cent in software exports compared to last year. Srivastava said that the IT exports from Chandigarh and Punjab were to the tune of around 1,900 crore.

He added that due to the growth in the IT exports, the government could generate a large number of jobs in the IT sector. "Over 35 new entrepreneurs started their businesses, last year. The IT sector provides direct employment to 30,000 people and indirect employment to four times the number," he said. The press conference was also addressed by R K Sangwan, executive director, Punjab Infotech, and Sameer Goel, chairperson, CII Chandigarh council.

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