Chandigarh, Feb 13–The Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Mr. Vipul Goel, has requested the Central Government to increase Haryana’s share of 1,000 allotted seats under the rural BPO programme to give Digital India initiative a vertical and rural push in the state.
Speaking at the concluding function of the two-day conference held under the chairmanship of the Union Minister, Electronics and Information Technology, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi today, Mr Goel said should the Centre agree, the state government might consider a proposal to provide industrial land in government industrial estates at subsidized rates for setting up rural BPOs in tier 2 and tier 3 cities of the state like Karnal, Jind, Kaithal, and others.
It may be mentioned here that in order to create employment, especially for women, the Government of India provides a grant of Rs 1 lakh per seat if the BPOs are set up in the rural areas or tier 2 and tier 3 cities in a state by entrepreneurs.
Mr. Goel lauded the Digital India initiative and expressed the state’s keenness to work together to achieve the objectives of the Digital India programme. IT Ministers and IT Principal Secretaries of all states were invited to deliberate on how to take forward the Digital India vision of the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, through a collaborative unified approach.
The Principal Secretary, Electronics and IT, Mr. Devender Singh, said Haryana would work vigorously to realize the ‘Trillion Dollar Digital Economy’ Vision of India by 2022 and prepare an action plan within 15 days.
The Digital India programme is transforming the lives of billion plus population of India by facilitating the establishment of digital infrastructure, expanding scope and scale of delivery of digital services, thus leading the empowerment of the common citizens and growth of a digital economy.
Sustained focus on Digital India initiatives is resulting in informed decision-making in almost real time and helping in the delivery of a wide range of services digitally, Mr. Singh added.