Rural BPOs to augment IT exports from Kerala

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A Rural BPO at Thenur, TN

Tvm: The Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala will be soon launching an ambitious programme of starting Rural Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) units across Kerala. This will serve the dual purpose of generating employment for the educated and skilled unemployed youths from villages and small towns while increasing the IT exports from Kerala.

This was disclosed by the State Minister for Industries and IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty, at a press conference to announce the draft of the new IT Policy. Giving out the highlight of the IT Policy 2011, the Minister said that the focus will be on developing IT infrastructure in the next 2 – 3 years and then promote it aggressively to get more investment. “The draft is open for discussions and we expect suggestions and comments from the media, industry and professional bodies. The final policy will be declared after the 100 days programme of the UDF Government”, he added.

The Minister also said that e-governance and IT usage has increased tremendously in Kerala in the past few years and the credit for this goes to Akshaya. Kerala has the chance to become the leading state in India for e-governance.

Giving details about the planned Rural BPOs, T Balakrishnan IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Industries and IT, said, “We plan to implement this on a very high priority basis. The Government might think about giving assistance to companies who are willing to set up the BPOs in rural areas and will support them initially by outsourcing Government work. This will be ideally 20 – 25 seater set ups. The Government will also take care of the support infrastructure and connectivity. The success of this project will enable us to get more companies from outside Kerala to set up rural BPOs here. IT exports from Kerala are way behind our neighbouring States and this might be the panacea.”

It may be recalled that the previous LDF Government had an ambitious plan of establishing around 100 low cost rural IT parks (Technolodges) across the State. Two Technolodges were launched in Kollam District but the project failed to take off and has since been shelved.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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