[fosscomm] Public consultation on Draft National Policy on Information Technology 2011 released 7/10/11
Guru at ITforChange.net
Sat Oct 8 05:10:42 PDT 2011
The national policy has a single line on creating a free and open
"6.7 To promote open standards and open technologies."
The draft Policy is available on the website of Department of
Information Technology (www.mit.gov.in <http://www.mit.gov.in/>).
Comments and feedback on the draft Policy are invited by Department of
Information Technology. Members of FOSSCOMM could give feedback seeking
greater emphasis on and support for open standards/FOSS. Also on issues
such as cloud computing, Aadhar etc.
Draft National Policy on Information Technology 2011 Released by Shri Sibal
Over Three Times Increase in Revenue from it and ITES Industry Envisaged
Revenue to Reach 300 Billion USD by 2020
Measures for India to Emerge as Hub for Language Technology Suggested
Shri Kapil Sibal, the Minister of Communications and Information
Technology released the Draft National Policy on Information Technology,
2011 here today. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sibal said that
Information Technology is a key driver of an increasingly knowledge
based global economy, and given its current global position in the IT
and ITES sector, India is well positioned to enhance and leverage its
existing IT capabilities for a leadership role. The Minister further
said that the technology has transformational power, and it is a great
leveler of opportunity within and across economies. With the right
policies and investment in infrastructure, he said, we have the
opportunity to strengthen and enhance our position as a global IT
power-house. On the domestic front, use of IT in all sectors can
transform our economy, enhance equity and help the nation to rapidly
improve its development indices.
Shri Sibal highlighted that the draft National Policy on IT 2011
envisages to increase revenues of IT and ITES Industry from 88 Billion
USD at present to 300 Billion USD by 2020. In this context, he
underlined the significant contribution of the IT Sector to the growth
of Indian economy over last decade which registered a growth rate of 8
per cent. Since, of a USD 88 Billion IT industry in 2010-11, 80 per cent
of the revenues comes from exports,the Policy proposes to encourage
growth of indigenous demands and market. The proposed Policy also aims
at formulating fiscal and other incentives to attract investment in this
sector in Tier II and Tier III cities.
The Indian IT and ITES sector currently employs over 2.5 million skilled
people and has been one of the major employment generators in the last
two decades. The focus of the IT Policy is on deployment of ICT in all
sectors of the economy and providing IT solutions to the world. The
National Policy on IT aims to strengthen and enhance India’s position as
the Global IT hub and to use IT as an engine for rapid, inclusive and
sustainable growth in the national economy. The Policy aims to
maximally leverage the power of ICT to help address the monumental
economic and developmental challenges the country faces.
The thrust areas of the policy include to:
i. Increase revenues of IT and ITES Industry from 88 Billion
USD at present to 300 Billion USD by 2020.
ii. Formulate fiscal and other policies to attract investment
in IT Industry in Tier II & Tier III cities.
iii. Promote innovation and R&D in cutting edge technologies
and development of applications and solutions in areas like
localization, location based services, mobile value added services,
Cloud Computing, Social Media and Utility models.
iv. Provide fiscal benefits to SMEs and startups in the key
industrial sectors for adoption of IT in value creation
v. Leverage Internet, Web and mobile technologies for
developing new products, technologies and businesses.
vi. Integrate Internet based and mobile based delivery of
services onto a common platform to enable seamless, ubiquitous, secure
and personalized delivery of government and non-government services
throughout the country
vii. Integrate Aadhaar, financial and location-based services
into this integrated platform to foster an ecosystem for innovation in
viii. Create a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower
ix. Make at least one individual in every household e-literate.
x. Extend the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and mandate
provision of all Government services through Electronic mode within a
fixed time frame by enactment of the Electronic Delivery of Services
xi. Enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency,
reliability and decentralization in Government and in particular, in
delivery of public services.
xii. Leverage ICT for key social sector initiatives like
Education, Health, Rural Development and Financial Services to promote
equity and quality.
xiii. Make India global hub for development of language
technologies to encourage and facilitate development of content
accessible in all Indian languages and thereby help bridge the digital
xiv. Enable access of content and ICT applications by
differently abled people to foster inclusive development.
xv. Facilitate adoption of ICTs in key economic and
strategic sectors to improve their competitiveness and productivity.
xvi. Strengthen the Regulatory and Security Framework for
ensuring a Secure Cyberspace ecosystem.
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