The Government of Telangana on 4 April 2016 launched the ICT Policy Framework 2016. The policy was unveiled by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Hyderabad in the presence of Governor E S L Narasimhan.
Besides the ICT policy, a clutch of subsidiary policies were launched on this occasion. They include –
• Telangana Electronics Policy 2016
• Telangana Gaming and Animation Policy 2016
• Telangana Rural Technology Centers Policy 2016
• Telangana Innovation Policy 2016
Objectives of ICT Policy Framework 2016
• To emerge as a role model for smart governance in the delivery of citizen services
• To position Telangana as a leading global hub for the entrepreneurship and innovation
• To transform Telangana into the most preferred destination for IT companies
• To empower citizens in utilizing emerging opportunities in the digital world
• To establish the State as the leader in key emerging technologies
To achieve this vision following targets were set forth by the policy
Expansion of IT/ITeS
• To double the value of current 68232 crore rupees IT exports in Telangana in 5 years.
• To double the current employment of 4 Lakhs in 5 years
• To establish 3 tier-II cities as IT Hubs in 5 years
• Attract investments to the tune of 3 billion US dollars in electronics sector
• Create an employment of 1.5 lakh through electronics sector in the next 5 years
• Enhance the production from approximately 1 billion to 7.5 billion US dollars
• Work with private sector to develop 10 lakh square feet of infrastructure space dedicated to start-ups and entrepreneurship related activities in 5 years
• Work with international financial institutions to raise and deploy 2000 crore rupees funds to aid entrepreneurship and accelerate innovation
• Provide incubation and mentorship support to 5000 startups in the next 5 years
To achieve the above objectives, the following new initiatives were proposed in the policy.
• Theme based clusters like GAME park, Data Analytics park, Data Center campus, etc will be created to give boost to startups.
• Specialized wings, like Photonics Valley Corporation, will be created within the ITE&C Department to focus exclusively on specific areas.
• Thematic training and innovation centers and Centers of Excellence will be developed.
• Additional incentives will be provided for companies that take up R&D and product in emerging areas of information and communication technology.
Highlights of subsidiary policies
• Electronics Policy: T-Hub Phase II will be set up in 3 lakh square feet housing 300 startups. Overall, the policy is aimed at facilitating growth of 5000 startups.
• Rural Tech Policy: One Rural Tech Centre will be developed in each of the 10 districts of the State.
• These 10 centers together will employ 2500 people.
• 10000 people will be imparted with IT/ITes skills through Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK).
• Electronics Policy: The policy is aimed at attracting 3 billion US dollars of investments in electronic system designing and manufacturing (ESDM) sector.
• The production value will be enhanced from 1 billion US dollars to 7.5 billion US dollars.
• This sector will provide employment for 1.6 lakh professionals.
• Gaming and Animation Policy: A Game City will be built in an area of 6 lakh square feet for stakeholders of animation, gaming, multimedia and entertainment sector.
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When: 4 April 2016
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