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Tamil Nadu announces ICT Policy 2018; focuses on establishing a start-up ecosystem

September 11, 2018

With an emphasis on incentivising investment, generating employment and creating intellectual capital in the state, The Tamil Nadu government has put forward its Information Communication Technology Policy 2018.

The policy stresses on the setting up of more hubs for IT services like software development, product development and IT enabled services like BPOs and KPOs.

The goals as listed in the policy note include integration with the government’s initiatives of its Vision 2023 and paying special attention to start ups, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and women employment.

The government IT department has also accorded administrative sanction and approval for the establishment of a warehouse for start-ups at Chennai and Coimbatore along with a start-up warehouse board.

In an effort to widen the scope of the IT base in the state, the policy has identifies various new verticals like animation, gaming and digital entertainment, IT products and services in engineering, retail, health and management among others.

According to the policy, the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) and other government IT agencies will give a higher thrust to social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC), Massive Online Open Course Content (MOOC), data warehousing and Tamil computing among other areas.

Further, structured package of incentives would be provided for larger companies or mega projects which have investments ranging from Rs 2 billion to Rs 5 billion and employees strength of 2000-6000. This would be done on a case to case basis. The policy note also added that IT/ITes industries in Tamil Nadu for over ten years will be given suitable extra benefits for expansion projects over and above the normal structured package of incentives.

The government will also provide capital subsidy and electricity tax exemption on power purchased from TANGEDCO to companies investing in tier two and three cities such as Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Tirunelveli and Hosur and some rural locations.

 
 

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