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STPI centre inaugurated

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Union Minister Sachin Pilot takes part in it

— PHOTO: ASHOKE CHAKRABARTY

Union Minister Sachin Pilot with OPCC president K.P.Singh Deo and Opposition leader in State Assembly Bhupindar Singh in Bhubaneswar before leaving for Berhampur on Friday.

BERHAMPUR: Third centre of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) in Orissa was inaugurated in the city on Friday by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the presence of Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology (IT) Sachin Pilot.

It is the 52nd unit of the STPI in the country. Orissa already has STPI centres in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. The Berhampur STPI centre is expected to promote this region as an IT destination of Orissa through provision of high class infrastructure for interested IT industries. Apart from providing high speed data communication the unit will also act as an incubation centre to small and medium scale entrepreneurs who are in immediate need of high tech computing infrastructure.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Mr. Pilot said Communication Technology and IT can play a major role in the uniform economic development and empowerment of the youth which can make our country a super power. He said 41 STPI centres were established in small and medium towns in the country to enable people of all regions get equal opportunities to develop through the IT industry.

He praised the Orissa government for its efforts to promote e-governance which according to him was leading to proper empowerment of the rural populace who constituted real India. “A sum of Rs. 292 crores have been allocated to Orissa for implementation of e-governance and its pilot project is continuing in Ganjam and Mayurbhanj districts,” he said. He said that the Ministry had come up with software to write in 22 Indian languages on computers which can be downloaded free of cost.

Export revenue

Mr. Patnaik in his address said the IT sector was a major export revenue generator in Orissa. Orissa was among the top ten states in the country in the field of software export. The IT sector contributed around 25 per cent of total export from Orissa. He expected the IT export from the State to increase further in next few years.

Revenue Minister Surya Narayan Patra said the companies were already eyeing to set up IT units in Berhampur. Three Non-Resident Oriya entrepreneurs from America, a company from Visakhapatnam have already approached the government to open up units in Berhampur with the assistance of the local STPI. Two IT companies had already started functioning in Berhampur he said.

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