The UT Administration is in the process of preparation of the new Information Technology Policy. The thrust of the policy will be on improving e-governance in different departments. However,no sops like allotment of land on concessional rates are likely to be offered to the companies by the Administration.
The Supreme Courts order for cancellation of the acquisition for the third phase of the Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park has forced the Administration to restrict the IT Park to the first two phases. The possibility of starting IT-related activity in the Industrial Area is being looked into.
IT Secretary Prerna Puri said that the IT Policy will focus on improving e-governance in departments in Chandigarh. Most of the plots that we have in the two phases of the IT Park have already been allotted to companies. The IT industry here is fairly well established. In fact a major share of the IT exports from the tricity is of Chandigarh. We have crossed the stage where we had to make special efforts to attract new industries. The policy will be framed accordingly, she said.
E-governance initiatives will be extended to different departments to facilitate the residents. While such initiatives were introduced,these have failed to take off at many places.
At present,the Administration has e-sampark centres in various sectors of the city. A large number of services are provided at these centres including payment of bills,submission of forms for passports,applying for birth and death certificates,etc. New centres will also be opened. The Administration had started a pilot project under which a kiosk was opened in a market for providing services of bill payment. More such kiosks are on the anvil and the services being provided will be increased.
The officials of the Administration are holding meetings with the stakeholders to get their views on the draft of the proposed policy.
It is expected that there will be no special sops offered to new companies for setting up offices at the IT Park. With the Administration wary of offering land for any purpose at concessional rates,it is expected that the same will apply to the IT policy. Since the third phase of the IT Park was cancelled,the Administration has been mulling over the alternatives that can be carried out for promotion of IT.