CIO: What roadmap do you have for the software exports and hardware markets?
Milind Deora: For promotion of telecom exports, the Department of Commerce has a number of schemes such as marketing development assistance scheme, market access initiative scheme, focus product scheme, focus market scheme and interest subvention for SMEs exporters. They provide incentives on export of telecom equipment including mobile phones of up to 5 percent. During 2012-13, the export of telecom equipment, including mobile phones have been in the order of Rs 22,000 crore. The Telecom Equipments and Services Export Promotion Council has been set up by the Department of Commerce to take effective steps for promotion of export of telecom equipment and services.
CIO: What do you envision for the Indian IT sector?
Milind Deora: We have already implemented the National Policy on Information Technology in 2012. As approved by the Cabinet in September last year, it aims to boost investment in the IT/ITES sector and expansion in other markets.
As a result, direct employment has reached nearly 3 million with an addition of 200,000 employees during this year. The sector revenues have grown from a mere 1.2 percent in 1997-98 to an estimated 7.5 percent in FY 2012. In the next few years, we wish to increase revenues of the IT/ITES industries from a current $100 billion to $300 billion and expand exports from $69 billion at present to $200 billion by 2020. We also wish to promote innovation and R&D in cutting edge technologies and development of applications and solutions in areas like localization, location-based services, mobile value-added services, cloud technology, and social media.
One of the key areas that we wish to explore is to make India a global hub for development of language technologies, to encourage and facilitate development of content accessible in all Indian languages, and thereby help bridge the digital divide.
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