Sustainable growth of economy


The IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) Policy will help the Government to develop a modern and vibrant ecosystem to support electronic governance initiatives of the Government of India and attract investment and talent to such industries in Jammu and Kashmir and the policy will guide the Government in using IT as an engine for rapid inclusive and sustainable growth in the economy of Jammu and Kashmir with the active participation of private initiative/entities. The objectives of the policy are to create and upgrade IT infrastructure to meet existing and future demands of the UT in e-governance and increase digital literacy among youth and enhance employability by strengthening of IT curriculum and infrastructure of educational institutions in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.
To use Information Technology (IT) as an engine for rapid inclusive and sustainable growth in the economy with active participation of private initiatives, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has notified IT and IT Enabled Services (ITES) Policy. Besides leveraging and harnessing the power of IT in the areas of education, health, employment and industries and commerce, the policy will help in attracting average investment target of Rs 500 crore per year for next five years.A high-powered committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary will be formed shortly to lay down the detailed implementation guidelines of the policy, which has come into force with immediate effect and will remain applicable for a period of 10 years. However, after inordinate delay of over five months the same has been notified by the Information Technology Department to tap the enormous potential in Electronics and Information Technology Sector and to establish J&K as a valued destination for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.
The Government will also use IT to promote tourism in the Union Territory and unleash J&K as an incubation engine thereby promoting entrepreneurship, increasing foreign exchange earnings and increasing IT's contribution to the UT's GDP. Moreover, the policy will be used to make at least one female in every household e-literate to bridge the digital divide and increase the quality and competitiveness of small and medium IT enterprises and promote them to international standards. To create an environment that promotes quality of education in emerging technologies and alignment with the specific needs of the industry, the course curriculum of colleges and universities will be aligned to the requirements of the industry with the introduction of courses in entrepreneurship development.

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