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Push for Balasore software park

Balasore, Feb. 24: The foundation stone for a much-awaited software technology park was laid here today.

This will be the fourth software technology park of Odisha after Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur and 54th in India.

Laying the foundation stone at Bampada industrial estate at Remuna, Union minister and local MP Srikant Jena said: “This would go a long way in not only employing technical persons, but also building entrepreneurship.”

“The technical qualified persons would no longer be required to go outside the state for search of jobs of their interests. There are ample opportunities for this centre here to grow,” he said.

The state government has provided three acres and Rs 1 crore grant. The state-owned Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) would develop the park, which would be built over 20,000sqft and is expected to be operational within two years. The state would bear 50 per cent of the total expenditure.

Till completion, it would start from North Odisha Chamber of Commerce and Industry office.

“With the setting up of the centre, several other industrial units would also receive a boost,” said Omkar Rai, director-general of the Software Technology Parks of India.

“The production of the centre would be 100 per cent export oriented,” he said.

Technical education minister Pratap Keshari Deb said: “The state has allocated 2 per cent of plan budget for the IT sector, and this year, it would be around Rs 700 crore. The state has prepared a fresh IT policy in 2013-14.”

“Odish would be a favourite IT destination even on a par with Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad,” he said.

“Sansui is interested to invest Rs 40,000 crore in India. It is in search of an ideal place and Odisha could be a favourite destination,” said Deb. State IT secretary Sanjeeb Mishra said the government had formulated various policies to make the sector lucrative for the young generation.