Trivandrum: Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has announced the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS), envisaged under Digital India Programme. The scheme seeks to incentivize establishment of 48,300 seats in respect of BPO/ITES operations across the country.
It is distributed among each State in a proportion of State’s population with an outlay of Rs. 493 Crore. This would help in capacity building in smaller cities in terms of infra & manpower and would become the basis for next wave of IT/ITES led growth.
Based on the population Census 2011, the number of seats allocated for the State of Kerala and Union Territory of Lakshadweep is 1,500 & 100 respectively. To secure balance regional growth and wider dispersal, 50% of allocated seats as per the population percentage for a State/UT is reserved. Accordingly, the minimum reserved seats for Kerala and Lakshadweep are 750 and 50 respectively.
IBPS has the objective of creating employment opportunities for the youth, by promoting the IT/ITES industry particularly by setting up of BPO/ITES operations, and promotion of investment in IT/ITES sector in order to expand the base of IT industry and secure balanced regional growth.
1. Financial Support: Up to 50% of expenditure incurred on BPO/ITES operations towards capital expenditure (CAPEX) and/or operational expenditure (OPEX) on admissible items, subject to an upper ceiling of Rs. 1 Lakh/Seat.
2. Special incentives toward employment of women & specially enabled persons.
3. Incentive for generating employment beyond target & wider dispersal within the state including rural areas.
4. Encouragement for local entrepreneurs.
The company/bidder must be willing to set up a new BPO/ITES operations, with a minimum of 100 seats at one location. However, the bidder can bid for a maximum of 5,000 seats at multiple locations across the country.
The detailed RFP can be downloaded from the following web portals:
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