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More BPOs For Odisha


Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology,  Ravishankar Prasad today said in Odisha, 13 Approvals were given to companies to start BPOs in Bhubaneswar, Jaleswar, Cuttack and Balesore.


He said, more BPO centres will come up in Angul, Jajpur, Sambalpur and Jeypore (Koraput) which were approved by his Ministry.

So far, 2400 seats have been allotted to Odisha in BPOs, the Union Minister said adding, Odisha has enough talent to became a centre of electronic manufacturing.

Inaugurating the Secondary Data Centre of National Data Repository DGH of STPI ELITE, Minister said that the Centre will empower Odisha and reduce digital devide between “Digital Haves” and “Digital Have-nots”.

The STPI will bring Digital inclusion by way of start-up revolution and large scale e-transaction through JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile), he said.

Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of School and Mass Education, Science and Technology Department Badrinarayan Patra graced the occasion.

Mr.Prasad said, India has around 130 crore population and 120 crore mobile phones out of which 45 crore are smart phone users.

As many as 55 crore internet connections have been provided so far while one lakh villages have been connected with broadband internet, he said.

The Minister said, the optical fibre connection in 2014 was to the tune of only 358 KMs which was spread during 2011 to 2014.

However, during the NDA government, the optical fibre connectivity reached 2.72 lakh KMs from 2014 to 2018, he said.

The Minister said, through JAM and DBT, the government has disbursed Rs. 4 lakh crore subsidy benefit to the common men by saving 90 thousand crore rupees by blocking the leakages.

Dwelling on Aadhar data, the IT Minister said that divulging Aadhaar does not mean that one’s iris and finger print data will be leaked out.

“It has been indigenously encrypted so that, no one can have access to the personal data of a citizen,” he asserted.

Mr.Prasad said nearly three crore data authentication is being done every day while 15 crore farmers were given soil health cards and 2.74 lakh hospitals have become digital hospitals through which tele-medicine facilities are being provided in Medical College Hospitals and many district headquarter hospitals.

The Union Government is focusing on the development of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Eastern UP to make Eastern India more developed and to bring it on par with other developed regions of the country, said the Union IT Minister.

Mr.Pradhan in his address said that Data Mining and Repository are highly needed for oil and hydrocarbon exploration as well as production.

“Digital India encompasses all electronically based activities in daily life from ATM and POS devices to artificial intelligence. Data Repository will also help research in hydrocarbon sector,” he said.

The Minister said, Rs. 3.5 crore incentives is provided to start-ups in the innovation and incubation fields.

Notably, the exports by STP units have gone up from Rs. 52 crores in 1992-93 to more than Rs 3.5 lakh crores in 2016-17. STPI has also played a phenomenal role in promoting Tier-II/Tier-III cities of the country. 

STPI-Bhubaneswar is instrumental in attracting blue-chip IT companies to the State and played phenomenal role in the growth IT exports from the Odisha which recorded around Rs. 3800 crores during 2017-18 putting the State in commendable position in the IT Map of the Country.
 


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