14.1 The Government of Jharkhand, recognising the impressive growth of the IT
sector in the country, has resolved to make Jharkhand a IT powerhouse
and a front runner in the Information revolution. The government
considers IT as an agent of transformation of every facet of human life
which will bring about a knowledge based society.
The policy is aimed at accomplishing the following basic objectives:
Info-Infrastructure Drive: Accelerate the drive for setting up a
world class Info-Infrastructure with
an extensive spread of Fibre Optic Network, Satcom networks and
Wireless networks for seamlessly interconnecting the Local Informatics
Infrastructure (LII), National Informatics Infrastructure (NII) and the
Global Informatics Infrastructure (GII) to ensure a fast nation-wide
onset of the INTERNET, EXTRANETs and INTRANETs.
potential to achieve $50 billion dollar of IT exports by 2008, policy
ambiance will be created for Jharkhand IT industry to target for a $ 5
billion annual export by the year 2010.
IT for all by 2010:
Accelerate the rate of computer penetration in the state so that it
reaches a penetration of one per 50 people by the year 2010. Towards the
goal of IT for all by 2010, policies are provided for setting the base
for a rapid spread of IT awareness among the citizens, propagation of IT
literacy, networked Government, IT-led economic development, rural
penetration of IT applications, training citizens in the use of
day-to-day IT services like tele-banking, tele-medicine, tele-education,
tele-documents transfer, tele-library, tele-info-centres, electronic
commerce, public call centres, among others; and training, qualitatively
and quantitatively, world class IT professionals.
Coordinate with all Central Government and private agencies
involved in putting together the Info-Infrastructure in Jharkhand and
actively put supplementary connectivity to the last mile. Requests made
by STPs would be acted on
within two weeks of receipt. In this regard, any renovation or
construction of State Highways, new power transmission lines and new
township development projects would look into the possibility of adding
Optical Fibre network in these projects.
Info Infrastructure to all areas with access to power within a period of
e-governance, computerise the secretariat functioning within 2 years and
allocate at least 2% of the departmental budget for IT related
To create a
network right down to the block level
administration within 2 years and bring the village level e-governance
‘IT Habitats’ in the rural hinterland adjacent to cities with
modern telecom and communications infrastructure along with top class
Create a Centre of excellence like IIIT in and around Ranchi and
Regional Engineering Colleges through private participation.
Government to support all development of IT support services in
State Institutes of Public administration would be re-engineered
to help bring about IT responsive State administration.
Suitable floor space in Government buildings, which are not
utilised during non-office hours, would be considered to be given to
private educational institutions for IT training purposes in return for
a proportionate number of free nominations of Government employees for
Feasibility of introducing a Citizen ID Number for creation of
state wide database will be explored.
SPECIAL INCENTIVES FOR THE IT INDUSTRY
Exemption from environmental clearance
b. Exemption from zoning regulations for purposes of location
c. Self-certification for purposes of compliance of the following Acts:
and Air Pollution Act
Exchange (Notification of vacancies) Act
of Wages Act
Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act
and Establishments Act ; etc.
Similar concessions would also be admissible for establishing IT
infrastructure facilities on private/Government land. This concession
would be available only for such localities which are notified by the
Industries Department and which provide certain minimum facilities like
uninterrupted/backup power, reliable telecom links etc.
This concession would be available only for the first transaction when
the first sale by IADA / Other concern is made to an IT industry.
The above concession would also be available on the purchase of land by
an IT Industry establishing an IT park for its own use provided it does
not avail the concessions in para 14.6 e.