VIJAYAWADA: IT Minister Nara Lokesh met the members of iTAAP (Information Technology Association of AP) in Visakhapatnam on Friday and discussed about constituting an industry working group to address the problems of the IT industry. The group, with the task to resolve issues pertaining to the IT sector without any delay, will consist of representatives from the IT department and industry.
During the meeting, Lokesh also explained how the State government was giving priority to SMEs.
Stating that the government targets to generate one lakh jobs in the IT sector, he said it is heading to realise the goal. Informing that the government has no objections to allocate lands to IT companies, Lokesh said the companies must first start their operations in the State. “Under the Designated Technology Park policy, we are providing the required infrastructure to IT companies, who can make use of it to commence their operations,’’ he said.
TiE Impact Session
Attending the TiE Impact session here on Friday, Lokesh said the State is overcoming hurdles post state bifurcation. While it took US 300 years to emerge as a developed region and Singapore 40 years, Andhra Pradesh could do the same in 15 years, he said. “By making use of the technology, I am sure the state will witness development.”
Jobs for unemployed
IT Minister Nara Lokesh said the much-awaited unemployment allowance scheme, one of the major poll promises made by TDP during 2014 elections, will be implemented from August 15. Lokesh said that the government will set up a job portal for unemployed youths.