IT top priority for state: CM Naveen Patnaik

BHUBANESWAR: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his government will continue to focus on the growth of the information technology sector and make Bhubaneswarthe number one IT destination among Tier-II cities in the country.

Inaugurating the e-Odisha summit here, Naveen said, “Odisha is trying its best to be at the forefront of the IT revolution. Four major IT companies – Infosys, TCS, Wipro & Mahindra Satyam – have established their development centres in the capital.”

He said, “It is a matter of pride that IT exports from the state in 2011-12 was over Rs 1,600 crore, 17% more than the previous year. The software technology park of India in the capital is one of the oldest STPI centres in the country. STPI centres in Rourkela and Berhampur are also playing important roles in generating employment in the IT sector.”

The chief minister said the government has taken a number of e-governance initiatives, two of which won the national e-governance awards this year. “In order to create more open investments from IT industries and foreign investments, IT special economic zones (SEZs) are being established at Infocity and Infovalley in Bhubaneswar,” he said.

“The state is building an IT investment region (ITIR) in the capital and is committed to make Bhubaneswar the number one IT destination among Tier-II cities in the country,” Naveen added.

The one-day summit hosted under the joint aegis of department of IT, OCAC and Elets Technomedia, was attended by IT minister Raghunath Mohanty, R S Sharma, DG, UIADAI, and Madhu Sudan Padhi, secretary, IT, among others.

Full text of speech of CM Naveen Patnaik during the inauguration of -Odisha summit at Bhubaneswar

“I am delighted to be here today to inaugurate this one day e-Odisha summit at Bhubaneswar. I Welcome the delegates Coming from across the country to Bhubaneswar, which is a unique city that bears the testimony of our great ancient heritage as Well as 0n its Way to become one of the most modern Cities of the Country.

I am told that this one day summit will comprise of parallel thematic track conferences on IT in Governance, IT in Education, and IT in Health. The event would play a key role in highlighting the IT based practices, needs and demands in the state and in the process engaging the multiple stakeholders in the capacity building of IT drivers in the state. This would provide a unique platform for the delegates to exchange their experiences, ideas, challenges and opportunities in the IT field. The delegates who have come from different districts of Odisha will benefit from such interaction.

Undoubtedly the IT sector is today at the top of the State Govermmernt’s agenda, and Odisha is trying its best to be in the forefront of the IT revolution. Pour of the major IT Players Infosys, TCS, Wipro and Mahindra Satyam have established their development centres in Bhubaneswar. It is a matter of pride that the IT exports from the State was more than Rupees 1600 crore during the year 2011-12 with a growth of 17 percent in comparison to the previous year. The Software Technology Park of India at Bhubaneswar is one of the oldest STPI in the Country. Apart from Bhubaneswar, the STPI at Berhampur & Rourkela are also playing a very vital role for employment in IT sector.

A number of e-Governanoe initiatives undertaken by the State Government have proved to be very effective in Odisha. The Government of Odisha has developed a number of successful e-Governance initiatives including eRegistration, e-Treasury, e-Commercial Tax, e-Abhijog, SAMS, e-District, eDespateh. e-Municipality and many more. I am happy to note that two such eGovernanee initiatives of Odisha have’Won this years prestigious National eGovernance Awards.

The Government of Odisha is committed for creating an open environment to attract investment from IT industries and foreign investors. In order to promote such Investments, IT Special Economic Zones (SEZS) are being established at Infocity and Infovalley in Bhubanesvvar. To accommodate future development in IT sector, particularly in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM), the Government is also developing one IT Investment Region (ITIR) on the southern part of Bhubaneswar. My Government is taking several steps to build Bhubaneswar as number one IT destination among the Tier-II cities in the country.

With these words, I congratulate the Department of IT` OCAC and Elets Techno media for organising this e-Odisha summit at Bhubaneswar and hope there will be meaningful discussions during the day on blend of ICT with governance processes so as to make Government more efficient, effective and transparent.

Thank You.”

source: Times of India and India Education Diary

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