Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Nov 19:
With the approval for new STPI (Software Technology Park of India) projects in Odisha getting delayed, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan took up the issue to push the Union Communications and Information & Technology Ministry in favor of the projects.
In a letter written to Union Minister of Communications and Information & Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday, Pradhan requested Prasad to approve four STPI projects in Angul, Sambalpur, Jajpur and Jeypore town of the state that are awaiting final approval from the ministry.
“Presently, there are three STPIs already operating in the State of Odisha and one is about to be commissioned. In addition, feasibility report with respect to the establishment of STPIs of four locations, namely, Angul, Sambalpur, Jajpur and Jeypore (Koraput) have been submitted for the final approval to the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology,” wrote Pradhan in his letter to Prasad.
“I take this opportunity to request you to kindly accord approval to the above new centers. Such a step will ensure all-round development of the State and will promote Prime Minister’s vision of Make in India and Digital India programmes. This will be a part of the strategy aimed at inclusive development by promoting entrepreneurship and economic development in Eastern part of the country,” he added.
It may be noted that on September 30, 2014 state IT Minister Pranab Prakash Das had declared setting up of the six more parks at Jeypore, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Angul, Rayagada and Bhawanipatna as per the State Government’s plan to turn Odisha into an IT hub by 2020.
Even though the centre had accorded in-principle approval for setting up the six parks in Odisha, final nod from the union ministry is still pending.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his April 10, 2015 meeting with Prasad at New Delhi had also lobbied for Software Technology Parks (STPI) in the state, but only for three centers including Anugul, Jajpur and Sambalpur.
STPI currently operates four centers at Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, Rourkela and Balasore in the state.