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Odisha has potential to turn into center of electronic manufacturing, says Prasad

"Odisha has enough talent to become a center of electronic manufacturing and the government wants the state to be the hub in this sector," said Prasad, the Union Electronics, and IT Minister.


PTI Last Updated at 04-08-2018 22:25:41 IST India
Odisha has potential to turn into center of electronic manufacturing, says Prasad

Odisha has the potential to turn into a center of electronic manufacturing, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

"Odisha has enough talent to become a center of electronic manufacturing and the government wants the state to be the hub in this sector," said Prasad, the Union Electronics, and IT Minister.

Prasad, along with Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, inaugurated the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) - 'STPI ELITE' and Secondary Data Centre of National Data Repository here.

The Central government is focusing on the development of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Eastern Uttar Pradesh to make eastern India more developed, and to bring it on par with other developed regions of the country, he said.

Describing the STPI, Bhubaneswar as the biggest technology park in eastern India, Prasad said it will empower Odisha and reduce the digital divide between "digital haves" and "digital have-nots".

STPI will bring digital inclusion by way of a start-up revolution and large-scale e-transaction through JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile), he said.

Noting that India has around 130 crore population and 120 crore mobile phones, he said of them, 45 crores are smartphone users, while 55 crore Internet connections have been provided so far and one lakh villages connected with broadband. The minister said through JAM and DBT, the government has disbursed Rs 4 lakh crore subsidy benefit.

Referring to Aadhaar, Prasad said divulging its details does not mean one's iris and finger print data will get leaked. "It has been indigenously encrypted so that no one can have access to the personal data of a citizen," he said.

Prasad said data authentication of 3 crore people is being done every day and 15 crore farmers have been given soil health cards.

"About 2.74 lakh hospitals have become digital hospitals through which telemedicine facilities are being provided in Medical College Hospitals and many districts headquarter hospitals." He said 13 companies were given in-principle approvals to start BPOs in Bhubaneswar, Jaleswar, Cuttack, and Balasore.

The minister said more BPO centers will come up in Angul, Jajpur, Sambalpur, and Jeypore (Koraput).

Pradhan, during an address, said data mining and repository are highly needed for oil and hydrocarbon exploration, and production. He said Rs 3.5 crore incentives were being provided to start-ups in the fields of innovation and incubation.

Officials said there was stupendous growth in exports by STP units, from Rs 52 crore in 1992-93 to more than Rs 3,50,680 crore in 2016-17.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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