the Information Technology sector with the objective of making
it an Information and Communication Technology hub of South
Asia, state minister R B Udhayakumar said here on Tuesday.
The state was creating an ecosystem thereby leveraging
entrepreneurship and was promoting a socially inclusive growth
to achieve 25 per cent share in the domestic ICT industry, the
minister for revenue and disaster management and information
technology said at the 19th edition of Connect 2020 organised
by CII Tamil Nadu.
Listing out some investments received in the ICT sector,
he said during the second edition of Global Investors Meet in
January 2019, the state signed Memorandum of Understandings
with various companies worth Rs 11,974 crore in the IT sector.
"The Government ofTamil Nadu is activelypromoting
Information Technologyin the State with the objective of
becoming the ICT hub of South Asia by creating a knowledge
driven ecosystem," he said.
Software exports in Tamil Nadu increased by nearly 12 per
cent to Rs 1. 39 lakh crore in 2019-20 as against Rs 1.23 lakh
crore recorded the previous year, he said.
The Minister said the government was investing around Rs
500 crore to set up high speed internet facilities across the
state under the TamilNet project.
The rural broadband project-Bharatnet was being
implemented at an investment of Rs 1,815 crore through which
12,524 villages would be connected through optical fibre
network, he said.
Udhayakumar said Chief Minister K Palaniswami unveiled an
electronic hardware manufacturing policy on September 7 with
an objective to increase the electronics industry output in
the state to USD 100 billion by 2025.
The policy would undertake skill training for more than
one lakh people by 2024 to meet the incremental human resource
requirement projected by the National Skill Development
Corporation in the electronics and hardware sector, he said.
The minister urged captains of industry to take
advantage of the policy initiatives by the government in order
to set up new IT industries in emerging technologies like
Artificial Intelligence and blockchain, thereby increasing
employment opportunities in the state.
The Special Economic Zones established by the Electronics
Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) have contributed Rs 21,700
crore of exports in the IT sector and created 94,000 jobs, he
said. PTI VIJ APR