Telangana Minister for IT, Industries, MA & UD and NRI Affairs KT Rama Rao released IT E&C Department’s Annual Report for the year 2015-16 at Tourism Plaza in Begumpet today. KTR, while releasing Annual Report for 2014-15, announced that the Department’s performance report –initiatives and achievements – would be released every year during State Formation Day celebrations. However, due to the Minister’s tour to the USA to promote the State and attract investments, the release event was rescheduled.
KTR releases Telangana IT Annual Report for 2015-16
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for IT KT Rama Rao said, “Our pro-business policy, high quality infrastructure, cost-effectiveness, cosmopolitanism, presence of institutions like TASK and T-Hub along with an overall pro-active approach has made the State among the top IT destinations in the country. We have continued to grow faster than the national average and have also added thousands of new jobs in the sector. The first two years have given us a very strong foundation from where our leap into the future can only be higher and stronger.”
Sri Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary IT E&C Department said, “Through ICT Policy, we have endeavoured to create an extremely investor-friendly atmosphere and lay foundation for the State to take leadership position in a number of emerging technology areas. During the last year, we supported other government departments in developing ICT applications to improve their internal processes and outreach to their stakeholders.”
Telangana IT Annual Report 2015-16
Annual Report in brief : Telangana IT/ ITES exports achieved a healthy 13.26% growth rate better than the national average of 12.3%. During the last one year the IT/ ITES sector provided employment to an additional 35,611 professionals, taking the total workforce to 4,07,385.
IT E;C Department has conducted three major events in 2015-16. At a function held on 4April, 2016 in HICC, the department released ICT Policy and four other sub-Policies. The yearalso saw the inauguration of skill development initiative of Telangana Government -Telangana Academy of Skill and Knowledge (TASK) on 2 June, 2015. At another event,
Telangana and AP Governor Sri ESL Narasimhan, renowned industrialist Sri Ratan Tata and IT Minister Sri KT Rama Rao inaugurated the T-Hub, India’s largest tech incubator set up to promote entrepreneurship in the State.
The IT E&C Department, lead by Sri Minister Sri KT Rama Rao, Secretary Sri Jayesh Ranjan and other senior officials, has been diligently promoting Telangana State both in India and abroad. Thanks to the efforts, today major companies – national and global – are choosing Telangana as their destination for setting up or expanding their operations. Apple, Uber, Flipkart, Salesforce, and DBS are some of those companies, to name a few. Government has also been encouraging IT/ ITES companies to spread to Tier II locations and announced incentives to this effect.
Standing testimony to the Telangana IT Department’s efforts to promote Tier II cities, noted IT major Cyient has started its Development Centre at Warangal in February 2016.
Another major area of focus has been Electronics Manufacturing. Due to the vast potential for large-scale employment and revenues the sector holds, Government of Telangana gave required thrust to the ESDM sector. The Electronics wing held discussions with top leaders from the ecosystem around the globe and the results are starting to show. The Electronics Policy has several firsts to it and is expected to further accelerate the growth of Electronics Manufacturing in Telangana. Several major Electronics companies are already evincing keen interest to set up their manufacturing facility in the state. Already Thompson Electronics,Celkon, and Micromax have started their operations in Telangana.
The IT E&C Department has taken another remarkable task of assisting, facilitating,supporting development of ICT applications for other Government Departments. Through portals, web applications, mobile apps and other digital means the departments have achieved radical transformation in their functioning. Agri Phablet, RTA m-Wallet, ACB portal, Automatic Building Plan Approval System for GHMC are some of those applications.
Telangana emerged as the state with number one citizen service delivery platform in India with 30,423 e-transactions per thousand persons. The Electronic Services Delivery (ESD) wing served 3.51 crore persons during the last one year.
IT E&C Department has won several awards during the period. Most notable among them are: Skoch Challenger Award in Start-up India category for Minister Sri KT Rama Rao, PRCI Chanakya Academic Excellence Award, 2015 for TASK, Skoch Smart Technology Award for Digital Telangana, MeeSeva 2.0