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Karnataka to unveil ICT policy at IT.biz

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Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka (CLIK) organised a seminar cum exhibition on ‘Business Opportunities in Wireless Technology and Connectivity' in Bangalore. Ashok Kumar Manoli, Karnataka Principal Secretary, IT/BT, Science and Technology, who inaugurated the exhibition going through the exhibits along with (from left) Rajalakshmi R., vice-president, CLIK and Uma Reddy, president, CLIK.

Bangalore: The Karnataka government will unveil an ‘exhaustive' policy exclusively for the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector during the IT.biz event in late October, said Ashok Kumar Manoli, Principal Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Science and Technology, on Thursday. Delivering the inaugural address at CLIK Unwired 2010, a seminar and exhibition on wireless technologies, Mr. Manoli said the country's first IT Investment Region (ITIR) being established near the Bengaluru International Airport, will have “special focus” on the hardware segment.

R&D centre

Among the new facilities planned in the ITIR is a Research and Development incubation centre. Spread over “at least 100 acres of land within the ITIR,” the centre will provide smaller companies the facilities to specialise in niche areas. The State government, he said, has held “informal discussions” with the Centre for earmarking about 500 acres of land in the ITIR for Foreign Direct Investment in the hardware sector. The ITIR would have helipads, convention centres, residential areas inter alia.

Mr. Manoli said government projects such as the Aadhar project of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) offered “enormous business opportunities for private companies.” He said the move towards a unified Goods and Service Tax (GST) would also offer similar opportunities.

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