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'Rajasthan needs to tap Centre’s BPO scheme' 

The Times of India , Oct 07, 2016

Rajasthan is yet to take the benefit of the Centre's incentivized BPO scheme as STPI has received only one bid application for 100 seats against the 3000 seats allotted for the state. Targeted at tier-II and smaller towns, the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS) scheme provides one-time capital support up to 50% with an upper ceiling of Rs 1 lakh per seat under a viability gap funding (VGF).

"There is one company that has submitted bids for 100 seats. We urge companies to take advantage of the financial incentives offered under the scheme. Our estimation is that the 3000 seats will not only create about 9000 jobs but also help in achieving the vision of transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy," said Omkar Rai, director general of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) at an event on 'Digital Rajasthan' organized by FICCI.

He said the projects will be awarded to the lowest bidder and STPI has already conducted the third round of bidding for several projects. Envisaged under Digital India programme, the scheme seeks to incentivize establishment of 48,300 seats in BPO and ITeS operations across the country with a corpus of Rs 500 crore that will create 1.5 lakh jobs.

Speaking at the same event on adoption of technology for delivering services faster in a transparent and hassle-free way, state industry minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar said initiatives such as e-mitra, Bhamashah, single window clearance, electronic public distribution system and MNREGA have vastly improved the efficiency of the government.

E-governance is becoming a thrust area for state governments. Sanjay Srivastava, chief operating officer of Mahindra World City Jaipur said that such shift in attitude has not only made government departments nimble-footed but also allowed a digital eco-system to flourish.

Echoing the same sentiment, co-chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council, Raman Kumar Sharma said Digital India, the flagship initiative of Prime Minister Modi, will greatly improve service efficacy which will lead to inclusive growth.

The conclave was also addressed by joint managing director and co-founder of NIIT P Rajendran and national technology officer of Microsoft India Prashant Shukla among others.