Goa to have its info-tech policy by next month

The policy will classify the IT units so that they can be operated from any premises and government agencies would not be refusing them law benefits.

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2011, 11:19 AM IST

Panaji: Goa`s policy for Information
Technology (IT) industrial units, which has been hanging fire
since long, would be in place by next month, a senior official
of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said here.

The GCCI announced on Monday that Chief Minister Digambar
Kamat has assured them to approve the draft IT policy in the
state cabinet by December 10.

GCCI Chairman Manguirish Pai Raikar, who met Kamat
recently said the policy is warranted considering the dwarfed
growth of this sector in the state, which is forcing IT
graduates to leave the shores.

"In absence of good IT industries, students are forced to
go to places like Bangalore, Noida and Pune, which can be
arrested if we have good industries here," he said, adding
that the reverse migration can be achieved with start up of
good software units and BPOs or KPOs.

Goa`s IT policy is a comprehensive document dealing with
state specific issues. GCCI, state’s apex industrial body, has
helped the government is finalising this document.

Raikar said the policy makes the role of state government
as a facilitator.

"The government will participate through equities in the
IT firms and also will provide necessary finance to set up and
run the units," he said.

The policy will classify the IT units so that they can be
operated from any premises and government agencies would not
be refusing them the benefits under the law, he said.

Many of the IT units, although can be run from the homes,
have to shift to commercial premises as they are not able to
get the necessary infrastructure.

Goa`s first ever IT habitat, named after former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi, located near here, had ran into
controversy after real estate companies allegedly grabbed the
land in the guise of IT units.

Raikar said the policy does not speak of any IT habitat
or park. "It gives broader guidelines on what would be the
role of state government in promoting these industries, which
can fetch good employment for IT professionals," he added.

PTI