New ICT Policy Farsighted, Says Chief Secretary

The policy is dynamic and takes care a lot of conceptualities that have come up over last 10 years and are poised to do over next five to 10 years

Published: 22nd December 2013 09:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2013 09:46 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra on Saturday termed the new Information Communication and Technology (ICT) policy, that has gained approval of the State Cabinet, farsighted and capable enough to address the issues and demands that would evolve over the next decade.

The policy is dynamic and takes care a lot of conceptualities that have come up over the last 10 years and are poised to do over the next five to 10 years, he said at the Invest Bhubaneswar symposium here.

The New ICT policy is being hailed to be a major policy initiative to drive IT and communications industry in the State. It emphasises on pushing investment to the conventional as well as emerging areas in the IT/ITES, electronic system design and manufacturing by offering various incentives and concessions.

The Chief Secretary, however, observed that a sort of policy paralysis has slowed down investment process. “Promoting investment should be reckoned a National duty in order to ensure economic growth of the State,” he said.

The second day of the event saw technical sessions on electronic semiconductor design and manufacturing (EDSM). Experts and industry insiders including vice president of Indian Semiconductor Association (ISA) Venkatesh Muruthappan stressed the need for facilitation of more manufacturing units to cut down expenditure on imports.

Sessions on policy framework and agriculture and food processing were also held.

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