Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday announced the sanction of National Informatics Centre (NIC) for Andhra Pradesh and said that the demand for establishing the IT Investment Region (ITIR) in the State would be considered.
He made the announcement here after laying the foundation stone for the Rs.80-crore Centre for Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) by SAMEER, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Communications and IT, and signing MoU between the Software Technology Parks of India and the VUDA for construction of an incubation tower at a cost of about Rs.62.7 crore.
The function was held at Port Kalavani Stadium in the presence of Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, State IT Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, and MPs K. Haribabu and M. Srinivasa Rao.
Stating that the Centre was committed to sanctioning the ITIR for Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Prasad said when the request for sanction of a similar project for Odisha came up before Central Cabinet recently, they had decided to have a re-look at the policy on ITIR.
“Once the policy guidelines are finalised, we will sanction ITIR for A.P.,” he said. The State Government’s proposal to locate the ITIR in Visakhapatnam, which was promised at the time of bifurcation, is pending before the Centre for a long time.
The Chief Minister earlier made a fervent appeal for immediate sanction of the ITIR.
Mr. Prasad said they would also consider setting up of a Centre for Cloud Computing, C-DAC, and other facilities to encourage young entrepreneurs and startups in the city and a Greenfield Electronic Manufacturing Cluster in the State. Andhra Pradesh has already been sanctioned four EMCs at Kakinada, Visakhapatnam, and other places.
The Union Minister said that the Centre would establish an e-Commerce centre at Guntur, a next generation telephone exchange at Amaravati, the capital of Navya Andhra Pradesh, postal parcel circles across the State, and develop new parcel hubs at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, and Tirupati.
The Minister, who is holding the portfolio of postal and telecom services, said that as part of the Digital India programme, they would convert 1,258 post offices in Andhra Pradesh with full-fledged core banking operations to make the State the first one to have full seamless connectivity at all the post offices by March 31.