Naidu’s Blueprint for IT Sector in AP

Plans to attract investments worth Rs 12,000 cr by 2020

Published: 29th July 2014 07:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2014 07:24 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: With Telangana making all out efforts to further expand the  IT sector in the state, the Andhra Pradesh government has come out with a ‘blue print’ for IT, electronics and e-governance.

The plan aims to attract investments to the tune of Rs 12,000 crore in the IT sector, Rs 30,000 crore in the electronics sector by 2020 and generate five lakh jobs. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu released the ‘blue print’ here on Monday.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, Andhra Pradesh IT minister Palle Raghunath Reddy said the three missions -- IT, electronics and e-governance -- including innovative capacity building will be created with a budget of Rs 1,785 crore. “These missions will have experts from related fields who will prepare a roadmap for each sector,” the minister explained and added that the estimated funds for the electronic sector will be `600 crore for a period of five years while the innovation agenda would require a financial support of Rs 385 crore over the same time period.

Raghunath Reddy said the blue print aims to design a plan for marketing the ‘Advantage AP’ brand among top players in the IT and electronics sector globally. “The plan will create a roadmap to attract investments to the tune of $5 billion in the electronics sector by 2017 and $10 billion by 2020,” the minister said and added that the targets for the IT sector has been set at $2 billion by 2018 and $5 billion by 2020. The blue print also aims at creating three lakh jobs by 2018 and 5 lakh jobs by 2020 in both the sectors.

According to the minister, Visakhapatnam will be the main hub for IT development, places like Kakinada, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Anantapur will also see development. “Visakhapatnam will be developed into a ‘Mega Electronic’ hub and a hardware park will be set up in Kakinada. Similarly, in Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam mega electronic bazaars will be set up where electronic exhibitions will be organised Road shows will be held in countries like Germany, Korea and Singapore to attract international IT majors,” the IT minister said and added that 20 electronic manufacturing clusters will be established in Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Guntur, Nellore, Chittoor, Tirupati and other areas.

Stating that Andhra Pradesh lacks IT and electronic manufacturing units, Raghunath Reddy said while united AP had 350 electronic manufacturing units, the number has come down to four in Andhra Pradesh post-division.

Similarly, a revenue of Rs 6,500 crore, in the sector, was generated in the united state while it stood at only Rs 375 crore in residuary AP. The units generated 75,000 jobs in the undivided state but now are generating only 650 jobs, the minister said.

“The state will have a start up village which will house 100 incubation centres and 5,000 start-up companies, Raghunath Reddy informed and added that the government was planning to replicate the start-up village of Kerala.

Big Plans

■ Advantage AP brand image to be promoted globally

■ Vizag to be mega electronic hub, other areas to be benefited too

■ Hardware park to come up in Kakinada

■ Electronic bazaars to be set up in many places

■ Start up village to be established

■ Village to house 1,000 incubation centres and 5,000 start-ups

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