IT could be the key to NE’s growth
Posted by egovindia on June 25, 2006
IT could be the key to NE's growth
PTI[ MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006 03:51:59 PM]
NEW DELHI: Information technology sector could be the key to growth of the north-eastern region, a top official from the Ministry of Development of North East Region (DONER) said.
Speaking at a seminar on "Investment Opportunities in Information Technology Sector in NER", Ministry of DoNER Joint Secretary H K Paliwal said, "North-east is the only region in the country to have IT access up to block levels. IT sector can be utilised for the growth of this region".
He said it was for the local youth to make use of Community Information Centre, set up by the IT ministry in 457 blocks of the region, for training and information purposes.
However, though the region's infrastructure had improved, the amount of investment inflow in IT to the region remained low, North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) CMD K N Hazarika said.
To attract IT investors to the region, Hazarika offered 13,000 sqare feet of developed space for setting up BPO centre in Guwahati, besides assuring financial assistance to entrepreneurs having viable projects.
He also said NEDFi- a financial institution- was ready to act as a facilitator for those who wanted to open up firms in the region.
Pointing out that 30 per cent of the employees working in IT enabled services sector of the country belonged to North East, Hazarika said they could be urged to come back and chip in to develop the IT sector of the region.
Also speaking on the ocassion IIT (Guwahati) Director Gautam Baruah said the presence of IIT should give filip to the software development centre, but added not enough engineers were available in the region.