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Information Technology Minister reviews functioning of his ministry

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Visits ELCOT Special Economic Zone at Sholinganallur

He also went around Information Communication Technology Academy


Chennai: Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is determined to make Tamil Nadu attain the top spot in the country in information technology (IT) and will announce a number of schemes soon, Minister for IT R.B. Udayakumar said here on Friday.

Pointing out that one among the seven orders signed by the Chief Minister was facilitating online registration with employment exchanges for students immediately after getting their class XII results, he said this itself was an eloquent testimony to her interest in the IT industry and how it could be effectively used for the welfare of society.

Talking to reporters after visiting the ELCOT Special Economic Zone at Sholinganallur, he said she had instructed all the Ministers to review the functioning of their departments thoroughly, identify how badly they had been administered by the previous government and initiate early remedial measures. “Hence we have started the review in right earnest.”

The Minister went around the entire SEZ on foot accompanied by IT Secretary Santhosh Babu and ELCOT Managing Director Atul Anand. He wanted to know about developmental activities in the zone and also why some areas remained vacant.

Later he visited the State Data Centre, the nerve centre of all the administrative records of the State government, and spent almost an hour trying to understand its functioning.

Dr. Santhosh Babu explained to him how 780 locations, including the district headquarters, taluk headquarters and block headquarters in the State, were connected and how the public could get a certificate within minutes as against months it used to take earlier.

“We completed connecting these locations as early as 2007, the first State to achieve this in the country. We are planning to connect as many as 5,000 locations,” he said.

Mr. Udayakumar was also taken around the Information Communication Technology Academy wherein he was briefed about how the institution helped train IT teachers so that students could be made industry-ready.

The Minister wanted to know whether it was possible for the academy to be in direct contact with the students themselves.

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