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Karnataka drafts policy on rural BPOs; Cabinet nod soon

Bangalore October 19 2014 Sangeetha Chengappa | Updated on October 19, 2014




The Govt of Karnataka is drafting a new Rural BPO Policy in tandem with stakeholders such as industry body Nasscom and rural BPO majors such as DesiCrew Solutions Pvt Ltd and RuralShores Business Services Pvt Ltd.

“We will be presenting the Rural BPO Policy that we are preparing with inputs from all stakeholders to the Cabinet for approval very soon. The policy will help to revive Rural BPOs” said Tanusree Deb Barma, Director, Directorate of IT&BT. She told reporters at an event to announce the decision to co host ITE.biz with CeBit India.

She said, of the 36 Rural BPOs that were given incentives to start operations by the State, only five are functional today, because the rest were unable to sustain the cost of operations after the government incentives ran out.

Bangalore ITIR project ready for take off

The Bangalore Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR), which has not taken off since it was announced a few years ago, is all set to take shape with the State Govt convening a meeting yesterday to take the project forward.

“We convened an important meeting yesterday to discuss the ITIR project which is spread across 10,500 acres of land near the Kempegowda International Airport and have made up our mind to complete the ITIR project as per schedule. We have already given in-principle approval to 30 companies that have registered for the ITIR and are processing hundreds of applications from companies who want to register for the same. We are targeting to complete I Stage of ITIR by 2020 and II Stage by 2032. When ready, the ITIR will generate 40 lakh jobs (direct and indirect), today Karnataka’s IT industry already employs 40 lakh people” said S R Patil, Minister for IT, BT, S&T, Govt of Karnataka.

He said the State is targeting to produce $40 billion worth of electronics locally, which constitutes 10 per cent of the $400 billion import bill on electronics that the country will incur from electronic imports by 2020.

Published on October 19, 2014

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