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IT export from State rises to Rs 3,400 crore in seven years




 IT export from Odisha went up to Rs 3,400 crore in the last seven years in the State. The sector also witnessed a quantum leap in terms of employment generation from 1,500 professionals in the year 2000 to 17,000 in 2017.

Addressing media persons here today, Electronics and Information Technology and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chadra Sarathi Behera said “IT export from the State which was only Rs 91 crore in the year 2000 has increased to Rs 3,400 crore in the year 2016-17 putting the State at a commendable position in the IT map of the country. He added that the IT growth of the State has been higher than the national rate since 2006”, the minister stated. Behera said the IT exporting companies in the State which were only 35 in the year 2000 increased to 88 in 2014 and now 115 in 2017.

The minister said the four major IT companies—Infosys, Tech-Mahindra, WIPRO and TCS have made huge expansion of their development centre in Bhubaneswar during last three years. He added that e Infosys started its second development centre with two lakh sq ft space at Info Valley, Bhubaneswar in 2015. TCS made the Phase-ll expansion at TCS Kalinga Park with 4.5 lakh sq ft space in 2015. Tech-Mahindra made its expansion with second software development block in December, 2014 with 1.5 lakh sq ft space. Besides, WIPRO has also made the expansion with additional software development block of 1.20 lakh sq ft space.

Behera said t he IT exporting companies in the State which were only 35 in the year 2000 increased to 88 in 2014 and now 115 in 2017. While the sector provided employment to only 1,500 in the year 2000 and 9,800 in 2014, it is now 17,000 in 2017. The minister said t he four major IT companies—Infosys, Tech-Mahindra, WIPRO and TCS have made huge expansion of their development centre in Bhubaneswar during last three years. He added that e Infosys started its second development centre with two lakh sq ft space at Info Valley, Bhubaneswar in 2015. TCS made the Phase-ll expansion at TCS Kalinga Park with 4.5 lakh sq ft space in 2015. Tech-Mahindra made its expansion with second software development block in December, 2014 with 1.5 lakh sq ft space. Besides, WIPRO has also made the expansion with additional software development block of 1.20 lakh sq ft space.

The minister said due to this expansion in last three years, these four big IT companies have created an additional employment of 4,700 IT professionals in the State. “Another major Mindtree started its operation at Bhubaneswar with Global Learning Centre from September 2015 with a built up space of 5 lakh sq ft and having IT manpower of 900. The expansion of Mindtree with additional twp lakh sq ft will be completed in next six months which will have additional employment of 1,400 IT professionals”, he stated, adding two new BPO companies including BPO Convergence at OCAC Tower with 400 man power and rural shore at Jaleswar with 200 manpower have started their operation.

Behera said in order to promote BPO sector in the State to create more employment opportunities both at rural and urban areas, a new BPO policy will be announced by December 2017. He added that the State government has brought out a futuristic ICT Policy in the year 2014 for overall development of IT sector in Odisha.

The minister said in order to facilitate IT industries in the State, IT Special Economic Zone (SEZ) are established at Infocity and Info Valley. “The Infocity having around 247 acres of land at the heart of the City was established in the year 2000 and at present 16 companies are functioning in Infocity.”






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