BHUBANESWAR: In its plan to position Odisha as next best destination for information technology (IT), the State Government on Wednesday decided to set up a modern data centre at Infovalley-II.
The proposed State Data Centre will provide shared, secured and managed infrastructure for consolidating and securely hosting State level data and applications. The Data Centre will provide better operations and management control and minimise overall cost of data management.
This was decided at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
The IT Department has also planned to set up business process outsourcing (BPO) units in rural areas of the State.
The Department is in the process of formulating a rural BPO scheme under which the Government plans to offer subsidies for creating BPO seats, official sources said.
Initially 5,000-10,000 seats will be created at the locations where Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) stations are operating. These locations are Bhubaneswar, Balasore, Rourkela and Berhampur. The objective is to provide jobs to rural youths, the sources said.
The scheme will help achieve the employment generation target made in the State information and communication technology (ICT) policy. The ICT policy aims to create direct employment for 60,000 professionals in 800 IT, IT-enabled services and electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) units.
Meanwhile, the State Government has submitted a proposal to the Centre for opening six more STPI stations at Angul, Sambalpur, Jajpur, Jeypore, Bhawanipatna and Rayagada.
The meeting further decided to make the Capital and several other cities of the State WiFi enabled by March 2016. WiFi services have been made available in six important locations of the city from August 10.
The entire Capital City will be WiFi enabled and STPI has been asked to prepare a detailed project report, Minister of State for IT Pranab Prakash Das said.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the Internet connectivity programme in the State.