AP’s IT and industry minister has come out slamming reports that his government is cancelling projects and initiatives just because they had been undertaken by the previous TDP government.
‘Let me make it very clear every project is being reviewed for its merit and sustainability. We are not just blindly cancelling projects just because they have been started by the previous government. We are looking at policies of the previous government and are seeing what has worked and what hasn’t’ stated the state’s IT and Industry minister Mr Goutham Reddy.
Reassuring industrialists and IT companies the minister stated that businesses shouldn’t suffer because of a change in government. ‘Policy should not suffer on change of government’ said Mr Goutham Reddy.
Launch of Incentive Portal
The IT minister made these comments during his recent visit to the port city wherein he along with the Tourism minister Mr Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao inaugurated aone-stop portal for IT companies to apply for incentives and also track the status of their application from submission stage to disbursement stage.
The portal is said to inform companies through auto-updates such as SMS/ e-mail, each time an application progresses to the next stage, thereby reducing the need for companies to manually reach out to the government to receive updates on the status of their application.
The portal also provides IT companies with a plethora of ready to occupy space options to choose from and start operations.
The Minister also stated that commitments to IT companies in terms of incentives, support, land allotment etc. will be honoured subject to necessary checks and balances.
On the subject of Innovation, the Minister said that his ministry is in advanced stage of partnering with industry giants such as Techstars which has an 85%+ success rate in incubating start-ups and taking them to funding level (Ex: Zipline, PillPack, among others with a USD 1 Billion+ market value).
Further, GoAP intends to provide fillip to innovative ideas such as energy storage/ management, where BEST batteries has expressed their interest. This will help in proliferating solar power plants, electric vehicles, disaster management and all energy intensive applications.
On employment in rural areas he said that his government has a focus on generating mass employment in rural areas where companies will be encouraged to start BPOs in rural areas thereby providing employment to rural population in IT sector.
Vizag as high end IT Hub
Stating that Vizag would emerge as a IT hub the Minister said that he believes that Vizag has all the right ingredients to become a high-end IT destination and GoAP intends to develop IT parks for encouraging IT companies in a plug & play atmosphere, with specialized IT parks catering to NRIs.