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New IT policy in next State Cabinet meet

ON THE debris of the year 1999?s Information Technology (IT) policy, the State Government is all set to bring a new policy, which it feels, will take care of the shortcomings of the previous policy. A draft of the policy is ready and is likely to be approved in the next Cabinet meeting, according to official sources.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST

ON THE debris of the year 1999’s Information Technology (IT) policy, the State Government is all set to bring a new policy, which it feels, will take care of the shortcomings of the previous policy. A draft of the policy is ready and is likely to be approved in the next Cabinet meeting, according to official sources.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today discussed contours of the proposed policy with senior officials at the Mantralaya. IT Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya was also present in the meeting.

Chouhan stressed on providing better facilities to the prospective investors in IT industry. Instructions have been given to reserve land for IT parks in Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur. He said that use of IT in government departments should be encouraged and programmes for this purpose must be implemented in a time-bound manner.

Singh directed heads of all departments to ensure prompt delivery of services to people by increasing use of information technology.

He hinted at thrust on employment-generation in the new IT policy. The Government understands that it needs to simplify the procedure of regulatory framework to encourage investments in the State, said an officer engaged in framing the IT policy.

It was informed in the meting that the IT policy framed in 1999 could not deliver desired results and failed to attract major investments.

The new policy would address emerging issues more efficiently. The meeting was also told that the processing of constructing software Technology Park at Gwalior would soon start.

Modern computer labs have been proposed in 500 government higher secondary and high schools. A proposal of budget provision for compulsory computer training of government officials was also discussed.

An innovative scheme ‘Hole In The Wall’ has been initiated at Government Girls School Tulsi Nagar, Bhopal, for motivating schoolchildren learn basic computer operations.

Students can use computers even without instructors under the scheme. Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni, Principal Secretary Information Technology Swarnamala Rawla, Principal Secretary Finance Sumit Bose, Principal Secretary Industry O P Rawat, Principal Secretary School Education Anshu Vaish, Principal Secretary Commercial Taxes T P Singhal, Secretary to CM Iqbal Singh Bais, Anurag Jain and officers were present on the occasion.


An innovative scheme
‘Hole In The Wall’ has been initiated at Government Girls School Tulsi Nagar, Bhopal, for motivating schoolchildren learn basic computer operations.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST