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IT Policy


Government of Madhya Pradesh constituted a state Task Force on Information Technology under the Chairmanship of Prof. Yashpal. The focus of the policy was to change the Government functioning from both inside and outside and would create seamless society with global opportunity.


The following were the salient features of the policy
  • The State would aim for employment opportunities for Four Lacs to Ten Lacs people in IT/ITES related activities.
  • Providing information access to all citizens at an affordable cost and for achieving IT literacy in all the High Schools and Colleges by the year 2003 and aims to do so in all the schools by the year 2008.
  • Computerization in Government departments and agencies must be the engine of growth of IT/ITES in Madhya Pradesh, in the initial period.
  • A targeted share of 10% of the national IT output by the time frame indicated earlier, i.e. the year 2008 would be in the region of approx. Rs.42000/- crore and would require a direct private sector investment of the order of Rs. 4500/- crore approx.
  • The State goal of achieving a 10% share in the national output would translate to roughly one-third of the State Domestic Product (SDP) being contributed by IT.
 
Strengths of IT Policy
  • Increase in number of IT and computer science graduate engineers.
  • Increased penetration of computers in the government offices.
  • Implemented a few major IT projects such as Issue of smart card based driving licences & registration certificates, computerization of Mandi Board, Treasuries, Commercial taxes
  • Adequate development of Telecommunication infrastructure in the state.
 
Weaknesses of IT Policy
  • Failed to attract IT Industry to the State.
  • Other than above 4 major initiatives, GoMP could not do much for other major/important departments.
  • Could not create common infrastructure such as SWAN, Data centre and interoperability standards.
  • Government services in electronic form could not reach to common man in spite of being a pioneer in initiatives such as Gyandoot.
  • Substantial investment in e-governance evaded attention of the State's finances.
  • Inadequate growth in employment opportunities and revenue from the business in this sector.