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Chandigarh finalises IT policy

The Chandigarh administration has finally formulated information technology and electronics policy 2013 with an aim to boost the socio-economic developmental in city by promoting various eGovernance initiatives.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 08, 2013 12:33 IST
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The Chandigarh administration has finally formulated information technology and electronics policy 2013 with an aim to boost the socio-economic developmental in city by promoting various eGovernance initiatives.


The policy also aims at bridging the digital divide and promoting IT and electronics industry. With the release of IT and electronics policy, the Chandigarh administration has become one of the leaders amongst the states and UTs in the country to come up with a combined policy for IT and electronics.
The policy is expected to lay a strong foundation for a knowledge-based society in Chandigarh by empowering citizens at all levels in the society.

The policy envisions creation of a digital resource by the department of information technology, which would enable the officials as well as the citizens to have an easy access to important information like rules, regulations, notifications etc. The policy would promote excellence, innovation and research and development in the domains of IT and electronics. Besides making provisions to create a venture capital fund, the policy also includes incentives and provisions for IT and electronics entrepreneurs at various levels.

In order to implement the new policy efficiently and effectively, the department of information technology is preparing a detailed action plan which would be followed by an implementation plan. The policy is also expected to propel Chandigarh to attain the smart-city status in very near future.

The salient features of IT Policy 2013

1. To make two individuals, at least one female, in every household e-literate.

2. A Venture Capital Fund, with a corpus of Rs 20 crores will be created to provide funds to MSE and young entrepreneurs in the IT and ITES industry.

3. IT Incubation Centers would be set-up in some identified colleges, where students of the respective colleges will be allowed to set-up startups.

4. Use of upcoming technologies like near field communications, cloud computing and social media will be promoted for delivery of public services ‘anywhere, anytime and through any device’.

5. A knowledge resource / digital library to be setup to maintain a repository of documents for use by general public and government authorities.

6. Use of emails to be stepped up for responding to email based correspondence of citizens and for intra- and inter-departmental communication within the Chandigarh Administration.

7. Chandigarh Administration will mandate for all the departments to earmark necessary plan funds annually for e-Governance.

8. Facility to be set up for user-friendly e-Vault and email IDs for lifelong archiving for each citizen, company and departments to enable them to secure their digital dialog, correspondence and important documents.

9. Chandigarh to have smart city infrastructure like city Wi-Fi and fiber ready homes etc.

10. Facilitating creation and up-gradation of the IT infrastructure for interactive education at schools and promoting advanced virtual class room courses.

11. The Department of IT will facilitate participation of Micro and Small Enterprises IT units in tender/ RFP issued for procurement of IT goods / services.

12. Electronic Technology Transfer, IPR etc. will be incentivized through friendly tax regime for industries who adopt technologies developed by Indian institutes/organizations/laboratories.

13. The Department of IT would work towards notifying Chandigarh as Brownfield Electronic Manufacturing Cluster.