Big IT push in Telangana

Big IT push in Telangana
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To give a boost to promote IT industry in a big way in rural areas and provide employment at local level, Telangana State government on Wednesday unveiled “Rural Technology Policy”.

Rural tech centre in each district planned

Hyderabad: To give a boost to promote IT industry in a big way in rural areas and provide employment at local level, Telangana State government on Wednesday unveiled “Rural Technology Policy”.

According to the policy, the government would develop one rural technology centre in each district, provide jobs to at least 2,500 people through the centres and train 10,000 rural youth through TASK to prepare them to be job-ready for the next three years.

The government also announced incentives for the IT companies which would come forward to establish companies in the villages. It includes 50 per cent investment subsidy on fixed capital investment, with a maximum limit of Rs 40 lakhs per unit.

State Secretary to IT department Jayesh Ranjan said that the Rural IT Centres are capable of contributing to a wide array of industry needs like data processing, data entry, data management and document digitisation , voice-related services that offer inbound call support such as customer service, inquiry handling, technical support services, financial accounting, legal support and web-marketing.

The official said the Rural Technology Centres would be set up either at mandal, village or panchayat level where the population is less than 50,000.

The IT companies setting up operations in rural locations would be provided rental subsidy of 25 per cent per square feet for three years for the first 3 companies and 25 per cent reimbursement on internet and telephone charges for the first 3 years of operations.

The government has come up with a comprehensive set of incentives that mitigate the risks associated with the business as the penetration of information technology in rural areas is still in a nascent stage, Jayesh said in a order that the Telangana government aims to develop the rural areas into emerging technology centres, which in turn will help create wealth and job creation.

Additionally, rural areas would also offer significant advantage, in terms of cost of living, operations cost, availability of skilled human resources at low cost and low commuting time. These locations account for over 25 per cent saving, as compared to large cities, he added.

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