Punjab IT Minister, Adaish Partap Singh Kairon, on Thursday urged IT major Infosys to set up a campus in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day IT event, Destination IT North, Kairon said that the state government will provide “all the facilities’’ to the industry to carry out business. He said that the government has taken many measures to facilitate the IT business in the state.
The IT Minister said that a software technology park of India (STPI) office is being set up at Amritsar. “We hope that the STPI unit at Amritsar will start functioning shortly,” he said.
Kairon said that the state government has used the IT service to enhance the efficiency in the public distribution system of the state. He said that IT services have been used to make the procurement of food grains “efficient” and the government is committed towards “e-governance” to improve the administration.
“Through the use of IT service we have been able to bring 1700 Mandis of Punjab on one portal, which has made tracking of various transactions, receipts and payments easy. We transacted business worth Rs 5,000 crore this year and aim to take this figure up to Rs 40,000 crore next year,” said Kairon.
The Minister said that the state of Punjab has better infrastructure facilities to make “it conducive for investments.” He however said that while growth was a necessity, the state should also take steps for the scientific disposal of e-waste.
Kairon also said that Punjab has a strength over other states of the country in terms of better availability of human resources.
“We are also banning the burning of wheat and paddy straw,” he added Giving details about the new projects that are being launched, he said that the government is constructing a 400 acre IT city in Mohali and an electronic system design cluster at Ropar.
Speaking on the occasion, S Gopalakrishnan, President designate, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Executive Co-chairman, Infosys Limited, said that as the tier-1 cities in the country become crowded, they will “throw up opportunities’’ for the tier-2 cities to get the investments. Gopalakrishnan said that there is a `` huge opportunity for the entrepreneurs and start-ups’’ with the improvement in IT scenario in the country.
The Infosys co-chairman said that growth in the Indian IT industry will help provide jobs to a large number of youth. He said that the IT market size will increase to 300 billion US dollars by 2020 and increase from the current size of 100 billion US dollars. He said that an estimated 2.5 million jobs will be added due to the growth.
Gopalakrishnan said that the Indian IT scenario is witnessing a number of changes and adoption of cloud-computing is helping the companies cut on costs. He also added that the companies are innovating and that there is a rise in the number of patents that have been filed.