With New IT/ITeS Policy, Gujarat prepares for the next technological Revolution
Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel announced a new Gujarat IT and ITeS policy today with a commitment to promote rapid and inclusive growth in the IT sector in the state. This new policy will be in force for five years i.e. from 2022 to 2027.
The Chief Minister announced this new policy at Gandhinagar in the presence of Shri Jitubhai Vaghani, Minister of Education and Science and Technology.
“I strongly believe that this policy will help us contribute significantly to one of the eight dreams of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendrabhai Modi – Berozgari se mukt, Rozgari se yukt,” the Chief Minister said. He stated that this policy is also aimed at realising the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Gujarat to Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in the Information Technology sector.
The salient features of the new policy:
A Employment Generation Incentive (EGI) up to INR 60,000 per employee
B Up to 100% reimbursement of employer’s EPF contribution through the Aatmanirbhar Gujarat Rojgar Sahay
A Data Center: CAPEX support of 25% up to INR 150 Cr. and Power tariff subsidy of INR 1/unit for a period of 5 years
B Cable Landing Station (CLS): CAPEX support of 25% up to INR 20 Cr. and Power tariff subsidy of INR 1/unit for a period of 5 years.
This IT / ITeS policy (2022-27) is envisioned to transform the state’s information technology landscape in the IT ecosystem of Gujarat. The Chief Minister expressed confidence that Gujarat would become a “Destination of Choice” for the IT ecosystem by strengthening various aspects to make Gujarat one of the leading states in the field of information technology.
The Chief Minister said that the Indian IT sector under the enterprising leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has steered our nation to a leadership position in the global IT landscape in terms of employment and economic value creation.
He further said that the state government has envisaged the creation of a conducive business ecosystem by formulating a robust policy framework and introducing simplified procedural requirements for setting up IT operations in the State.
Explaining the objectives of Gujarat IT/ITes Policy in detail, the Chief Minister said that the objectives are to create high skilled, industry ready IT talent pool; provide state-of-the-art IT Infrastructure; develop a unique and simplified incentive scheme; establish a robust cloud ecosystem in the State and foster research & development in new and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Quantum computing, Blockchain etc.
He further said that the new policy also aims to increase Gujarat’s annual exports in the IT sector from Rs. 3000 crores to Rs.25000 crores and create more than 1 lakh new employments in the IT and ITeS sector.
The Chief Minister also added that Gujarat is striving to get a place in the top five states of the country in the field of IT. He said that the new policy aims to make Gujarat a leader in world class IT infrastructure, data centers and availability of innovation centers in emerging technology.
Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister Shri K. Kailasanathan, Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar, Senior Secretaries, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology Shri Vijay Nehra as well as representatives of 9 nationally and internationally renowned IT organizations were also present on the occasion.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat