Information technology (IT) experts have hailed the new IT and Electronics Policy-2013 formulated by the UT administration.
The policy, which promotes various eGovernance initiatives, has been formulated after taking stakeholders on board. Lauding it, Sameer Jain of technology firm Net Solution said the administration did the right thing by bringing all IT companies on board and taking their suggestions. "However," he rued, "one of our key suggestions of covering IT under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was not recommended."
Highlighting some key elements of the policy, Raman Aggarwal of Aeren IT Solutions said the decision of making two individuals, at least one female, in every household e-literate would help address the problem of skilled resources. He added that the move would also help implement eGovernance projects.
Sameer Goel, a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry's national committee on IT, IT-enabled services (ITES) and e-commerce, termed the creation of a venture capital fund with a corpus of `20 crore for providing funds to micro and small enterprises and young entrepreneurs in the IT and ITES industry, a step in the right direction. "It will give a major boost to young entrepreneurs," said Goel.
The policy also aims at bridging the digital divide and promoting the IT and electronics industry. With the release of the policy, Chandigarh administration has become among the first in the country to come up with a combined policy on IT and electronics.
Experts called for developing a mechanism for proper implementation of the policy. Partap Aggarwal, founder of IDS Infotech, said that they would have to first identify the points which were actionable and then proceed accordingly. "At the moment, it just appears to be a vision statement," he said.
To implement the new policy efficiently and effectively, the UT 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 the near future.
Features of IT and Electronics Policy 2013
To make two individuals, at least one female, in every household e-literate
Venture capital fund with corpus of `20 crore to be created for providing funds to micro and small enterpruises and young entrepreneurs in the IT and ITES industry.
IT incubation centers to be set up in identified colleges, where students would be allowed to set up start-ups
Use of upcoming technologies like near-field communications, cloud computing and social media ti be promoted for delivery of public services
Use of emails to be stepped up for responding to email-based correspondences of citizens and for intra- and inter-departmental communication within the Chandigarh administration
Chandigarh administration will mandate for all the departments to earmark necessary plan funds for e-governance annually
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.
Chandigarh to have smart-city infrastructure like city Wi-Fi and fiber-ready homes
Facilitating creation and up-gradation of the IT infrastructure for interactive education at schools and promoting advanced virtual class room courses
Electronic technology transfer will be incentivised through friendly tax regime for industries which adopt technologies developed by Indian institutes, organizations or laboratories
UT department of IT would work towards notifying Chandigarh as a electronic-manufacturing cluster
The administration did the right thing. But, one of our key suggestions of covering IT under the Essential Services Maintenance Act was not recommended
The decision of making two individuals, at least one female, in every household e-literate would help address the problem of skilled resources.
The creation of a venture capital fund, with a corpus of `20 crore for providing funds to micro and small enterprises and young entrepreneurs in the IT and ITES industry, is a step in the right direction.
We would have to first identify the points in the policy that are beneficial and then proceed accordingly. At the moment, the policy just appears to be a vision statement.
Partap Aggarwal, founder of IDS Infotech