Reiterating that Goa has not missed the ‘IT-bus’, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Monday said that the state would surpass its south-Indian contemporaries in the next seven years.
“Of course people have reservation about our Information Technology (IT) policy, since other states are much ahead of us and under the previous Congress government there have been flipflops on our real commitment towards developing the IT sector. But we are looking at issues faced by these states and turn them into opportunities to attract investment to the state,” Parsekar said.
The Chief Minister said that in the upcoming weeks, the government will hold meetings with stakeholders and discuss about resolving issues such as managing population influx, transportation, residence and garbage crisis that are major concerns in metropolitan cities of Karnataka, Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu owing to its voluminous growth of population catering its IT and allied sector.
Unveiling the new IT hub at Altino, near the state capital, Parsekar said that for the purpose of developing an IT park the government will allocate 50 acres of land at Chimbel.
He also added that the government has received approval, in-principal, to setup an electronic city at Tuem and by July, it will submit the entire proposal to the central government and is anticipating Rs 50 crore funding from the Union government.
Under its current plan, Goa has earmarked Rs 12 crore for its Information Technology Investment Policy (ITIP) 2015-20, that will focus on Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO).
“Our key focus is on inviting IT enabled service providers and startups providing back-end operation like medical transcription, banking solutions, engineering services and (AVGC) – Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics, that requires less man-power,” said Ameya Abhayanka, Director of State information technology.
In its primary phase, Goa ITIP proposal targets of roping in at least 10 IT companies and five Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) units at another unit at Tuem, with the target of employing around 15,000 professionals.