On September 22, the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the state government will spend over Rs 4,000 crore on the IT and IT-enabled services sector in next 5 years to create more than one lakh jobs.
"The IT sector has been at the top of our agenda. The state government is going to spend around Rs 4,000 crore from its budget in next five years towards IT, ITES and ESDM (Electronic Systems Design and Manufacturing)," Patnaik said while inaugurating MindTree Kalinga facility in Bhubaneshwar.
Acknowledging that his government has brought a new industry friendly ICT Policy2014 and Industrial Policy Resolution -2015, the Chief Minister said the effort is to make Odisha the preferred IT destination for IT/ITES/ESDM companies by providing a slew of attractive fiscal incentives and concessions. "In fact, we target to create one lakh jobs in IT sector in the next five years. It is a matter of pride that growth rate of IT exports from the state is more than the national growth rate for last many years. Bhubaneswar has equally made good progress in IT SEZ sector too," he said.
As Odisha has been at the forefront of IT revolution, the government has decided that every department would spend two per cent of plan budget or one per cent of total budget for electronic enabled service delivery to citizens as enacted under Right to Public Service Delivery Act, Patnaik said.
The State government is also setting up a Green Field Electronics Manufacturing Cluster with Infovalley. It is the first state in the country which has signed an MOU with TiE, Silicon Valley, USA to attract foreign investment under ESDM sector, the Chief Minister said.
Odisha is focusing on providing end-to-end dedicated government network from state to Gram Panchayat level, offering high speed Internet in next three years for seamless transactions of government services, Patnaik said. In order to provide employment opportunity to the youth close to their home towns, government is bringing out Rural BPO scheme with 5,000 to 10,000 seats in all the STPI locations of the state, he added.
Talking about Mindtree Kalinga, its Chairman Subroto Bagchi said it is our first residential campus spread across 20 acres of the most beautiful landscape in Bhubaneswar. An amount of Rs 125 crore has been invested for the first phase of Mindtree Kalinga, he said, adding that work for second and third phase would be taken up soon.
The campus hosts the Global Learning Center of the company. The excavated soil was used for making over one million bricks which were used for construction of the campus, he said, adding that 14.7 million litre pond was made to utilise rain water for construction work.
It is designed to train and groom 2,500 young engineers annually and at present 800 technical associates are working here, he said.