BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has prepared a road map for massive information technology (IT) programme to be implemented during the next four years with an investment of `2,355 crore.
The road map was discussed at a meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here. According to official sources, Odisha ranked 8th in IT exports with software export of `2,400 crore in 2013-14 which was a 20 per cent increase over 2012-13.
Establishment of an Electronic Manufacturing Cluster over 215 acres of land at Infovalley, signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) with m2i International and setting up of a Semi-conductor Characterisation Laboratory at IIIT in Bhubaneswar are on the cards to give the State’s IT sector further boost.
After Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha will be the third State to develop an IT Investment Region (ITIR) over an area of 10,210 acres, 15 km from Bhubaneswar. The ITIR will have processing area of 4,300 acres to house all the IT, IT-Enabled Services (ITES), Electronic Home Monitoring (EHM), R and D centres which will create an employment opportunity of 2.37 lakh in the next five years.
There are also proposals to set up two more IT/ Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) parks, incubation centres and to create built-up space of 20 lakh sq ft, promoting skill development, innovation and training with finishing schools and implementation of Digital India Programme to improve service delivery.
One ESDM incubation centre with 50:50 partnership between State Government and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has been proposed to be set up at Bhubaneswar for promotion of ESDM start ups.
New IT companies like Cognizant, Capgemini, HCL, Accenture, IBM, Zensar and Mastek are being approached to make Bhubaneswar their next destination.
While STPIs are functioning at Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Berhampur and Balasore, a proposal to set up six more STPIs at Angul, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Koraput, Bhawanipatna and Rayagada has been submitted to the Centre. The IT Department will soon submit a report to the Government on setting up a vision group for development of the sector in Odisha.