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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

BJP's IT Policy can bring India out of recession

BJP 's IT vision document includes creation of 12 million IT-enabled jobs for rural India; providing laptops to 10 million students at Rs 10,000 a piece; immediate implementation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP); protection of domestic hardware manufacturers against imports and promotion of usage of open source software. The party reportedly consulted the heads of at least 10 top IT companies before finalising the document.

"The IT vision of BJP will really come handy for creation of new job opportunities in the IT and ITeS sector in India where we still have a large percentage of unemployed graduates struggling to provide their services for the growth of the country," said Vivek Kulkarni, former IT secretary of Karnataka, who is now the chairman and CEO of BrickWork India.

Industry body Nasscom is also quite enthusiastic about the inclusion of IT in the manifesto of political parties.

"The potential of IT in the creation of job opportunities in India is still enormous and I am delighted that the BJP has come out with a strong vision statement for the IT industry. I won't be able to comment on how it will help them in capturing votes," said Ganesh Natarajan, chairman, Nasscom.

The industry feels the IT vision document by BJP is 'very practical' and can be implemented.

"The proposals laid down by BJP in their vision document are very practical, and I see no reason why these can't be implemented," says Natarajan who is also the chairman of Pune-based Zensar Technologies. "A great degree of these are achievable, provided they implement this in the first year of the new government, if they come to power," says T V Mohandas Pai, Head of Administration and HR, Infosys Technologies.

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