Bhubaneswar, Jan 24:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said that the state government has given top priority to the IT sector.
“Odisha has emerged as one of the leading IT hubs in the country. Major IT players like Infosys, TCS, WIPRO and Mahindra Satyam have established their development centres in the state. To attract investment from IT/ Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industries and foreign investors, the state government has set up two IT Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in Bhubaneswar”, Patnaik said addressing the annual e-Odisha summit here.
This apart, the government has also incorporated a number of incentives in its new industry-friendly Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy-2014 to boost the IT/Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) and ESDM sector in the state, he said.
To accommodate the future development in IT and ESDM sectors, the state government is developing one IT Investment Region (ITIR) on the southern part of Bhubaneswar, the chief minister said.
He said the state government has developed a number of successful e-Governance initiatives like e-District, e-Registration, e-Treasury, e-Commercial Tax, SAMS, e-Despatch, e-Municipality etc.
Besides, the government has implemented the Right to Public Services Act with effect from January 1 this year under which as many as 63 services are being provided to the common citizens within a specified time frame, he added.
“Use of IT in governance can only make the delivery of public services better”, the chief minister pointed out.
Referring to the success of the IT sector in the state, Patnaik said the state has exported over Rs l900 crore of IT software during 2012-13 fiscal.
He said the state government, following the success of the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) units at Bhubaneswar, Bramhapur and Rourkela, has approved another unit at Baleswar in collaboration with the Centre for the benefit of IT entrepreneurs of North Odisha.
Congratulating the state IT department and Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) for organizing the summit, the chief minister hoped that the summit will have a meaningful discussion on ICT industry with governance processes to make the government more efficient, effective and transparent.