New IT policy widely hailed
THE NEW IT policy announced by the State Government has been widely appreciated. The IT experts of the city said that it would boost the technological and industrial development of the City.
They described it as a brilliant move on the part of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the State Government. The provision in the new policy that the government would provide free land to IT companies employing more than 500 people has been hailed by most of the IT professionals and industries.
They said that provisions like rebate on land for the IT industries and relief from various taxes with certain conditions would go a long way in promoting IT in the state.
They said that the policy includes plans for schoolchildren, IT professionals and industries. The State IT Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya’s announcement to make an investment of Rs 5000 crore in IT sector in Indore within the next two years under this policy was particularly welcomed.
Career counsellor and economist Dr Jayanti Lal Bhandari said that the policy would benefit the state on a whole. He, however, also said that Indore would benefit most, as the land and necessary infrastructure are available here. He said that with good IT institutes in the city the students would get better opportunities and IT industries in Indore would grow.
According to SGSITS Director Prof R C Saraswat, the government should have introduced such a policy long back. He said that the policy would give a fillip to the IT activities in Indore and all over the state. He was positive that Indore has the potential to develop in line with cities like Hyderabad and Bangalore.
SGSITS IT Department Head Prof D A Mehta said that Indore does not have many multinational IT companies at present. He opined that the new policy would attract more companies to Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and Jabalpur. Mehta said that the advent of companies would in turn improve the infrastructure and transportation services of the city.
Impetus Vice President (Engineering) Pankaj Mittal also hailed the provisions in the policy. He said that it would attract IT industries and educational institutions to Indore. Also the subsidy and grant on land would help IT industries to consolidate, he said.
The policy appears to have been received well by the people of Indore. After the failure of 1999 Policy the hopes of state government rest on the new IT Policy to attract huge IT companies to the state and city.