Press Releases: Premji to head K'taka IT task force


BANGALORE: In a bid to maintain Karnataka’s pre-eminent position in the field of IT and other knowledge-based industries, the SM Krishna ministry has constituted a hardware task force headed by Wipro chairman Azim Premji with a mandate to provide a vision for all-round growth of the hardware sector.

The government’s new initiative was spelt out in the customary address of governor TN Chaturvedi to the joint session of the state legislature, which commenced its budget session on Thursday. “The time has come for the state to focus on the hardware sector to complement its growth in the software sector and also to cater to the hadware requirements of the country’s IT and telecom industries besides opening up vast employment opportunities,” the governor said pointing out that the state had achieved a stupendous growth in the IT sector during the last three years despite a global slowdown.

“Apart from announcing its e-governance strategy enumerating  specific action points touching issues related to process re-engineering,IT skill develo- pment, private sector participation, IT project management procedures, IT infrastructure, GIS, local language support, resource allocation, security and audit, the government has in collaboration with CII and STPI, Bangalore, chalked out a strategy for creation of a million jobs by ’10 with expertise provided by McKinsey & Co,” said Mr Chaturvedi.

The millennium BPO policy unveiled this year, he said was aimed at creating new employment opportunities and to sustain Karnataka’s competitive edge in the knowledge industries sector. The governor said that the government proposed to come out with a revised state textile policy shortly and amend the Karnataka Silkworm, Seed, Cocoon and Silk Yarn Act, 1959 in consultation with all stakeholders to ensure overall development of sericulture industry.

Mr Chaturvedi said preparatory work for implementing the Bangalore international airport project at Devanahalli had been completed and various project agreements were in advanced stage of finalisation.

With the expected approval of concession agreement and amendment to Airport Authority of India Act from the Centre, the project was expected to achieve financial closure by May to enable commencement of work in June. The government has proposed to set up the Hassan-Mangalore Rail Development Corporation to complete gauge conversion and operate the broadgauge line at a cost of Rs 274 crore by March  ’05. On the industrial front, the governor noted that Karnataka  was perhaps the first state to have a comprehensive review of industry regulatory mechanism and undertake deregulation of business environment to ensure hassle-free atmosphere to industry and business and reduce transaction time as well as cost.