Inclusiveness is IT Task Force's primary agenda

Inclusiveness is IT Task Force's primary agenda

The Centre is keen that the IT Task Force comes up with necessary actionable recommendations not only for short term, but also medium term (2014) and long term (2020).  Terming the setting up of Task Force as timely, they pointed out that significant number of companies, as well as all leading associations in IT and electronics sectors had approached the Centre seeking steps to mitigate the impact of the economic slowdown.
Task Force is fairly unique as there is no government representative, as the Centre wanted to have “an unfettered” and unbiased view of the private sector.

Furthermore, they observed that the government is keen to have industry inputs on attracting and developing sectors/parts of IT value chain (potential) that don’t exist in the country. Taking this into consideration, they said, the Task Force would endeavour to give its recommendations for implementing IT for an inclusive economic growth.

Industry inputs

Incidentally, the Task Force officials, had series of meetings with members of IT fraternity in Bangalore, specially from hardware sector, wherein Indian Semiconductor Association officials, key decision makers like Bobby Mitra (MD Texas Instrument), Pradip Dutta, former STPI-Director B V Naidu providing valuable inputs.  Stating that their efforts has received overwhelming support, they said, the exercise so far has been able to generate significant interest and excitement amongst industry players very enthusiastic in providing their valuable inputs.

 “We are attempting to cover a wide spectrum of issues are proceeding to do the same in an inclusive manner,” they added.  Further, the study would broadly cover three main sectors –— ITeS, software and designs; electronics & IT hardware and strategic electronics sector, with all leading IT and electronics industry bodies actively engaged in the exercise. The report should be submitted to the Centre by October/November-end, they added.

The Centre, in August this year constituted a 11-member Task Force chaired by HCL Infosystem Chief Executive Officer Ajai Chowdhury to come up with key strategies to spur growth of IT software and ITeS sector in the context of global developments.