State Unveils IT Policy

State Unveils IT Policy

Coinciding with chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s announcement of the new information technology policy at the launch of the Bengal Silicon Valley hub in New Town, state additional chief secretary (IT) Debashis Sen notified the new Information Technology and Electronics Policy, 2018 with a vision to make West Bengal one of the leading states in the IT sector in India. The state information technology and electronics (IT&E) department has already received booking for 70-acre space in the newly unveiled 100 acre IT hub.

State IT minister Bratya Basu told TOI that the new policy will help generate at least one lakh jobs in the next three years. “This is nothing but a revolution happening in the state IT sector under the aegis of chief minister Mamata Banerjee. We are getting a huge response in the IT segment and the new policy will give a timely boost to this sector,” Basu said.

The notification stated that the new policy will be operative with immediate effect with focus on 3D printing, big data analytics, animation and gaming, artificial intelligence, internet-of-things (IoT), robotics, cyber security, drones, fintech, Industry 4.0, and quantum computing among others.

The chief minister had said that the aim of the government was to develop the Bengal Silicon Valley Hub as a top IT destination for the new and emerging technologies, not just in India but also the whole world. According to the IT minister, companies like Fujisoft, Wipro, and Voltas have evinced interest in the new IT hub.

Industry experts said the state government is on the right track to develop the state as a top IT destination in the country. “The focus is on the development of industry 4.0 with stress on new-age technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the likes. The new policy is coming up at a right time, with right intent and with proper application it will create huge job opportunities,” said Sector V Stakeholders’ Association vice president Kalyan Kar.

The priority of the government, as mentioned in the new policy, is on skill building, eco-system build-up, entrepreneurship promotion in tier-II and -III cities.

“It is nice to hear that the government has started talking about emerging technologies, but at the same time it will have to come forward and articulate the specific steps they plan to undertake to give a fillip to such new endeavor,” said All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) IT board member Suparno Moitra. – The Times of India

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