Information Technology Policy - 2004
The Information Technology (IT) vision, mission, objectives, plans and strategies of the Government of Meghalaya as enunciated below has been formulated keeping in view the desirability for accelerating the State’s economic development and maximizing the people’s benefits through its widespread application in various spheres.
1. The Vision:
The Government envisages (i) to make Information Technology as a tool for attaining all round development in the State and (ii) to fully participate in the IT revolution to bring prosperity to our people. The goal is creation of wealth, employment generation and IT led economic growth.
2. The Mission:
The Government would (i) use Information Technology based applications to manage development programmes for all round development of the State. (ii) take necessary steps to make the State a favoured destination for IT business, industry, education and services. (iii) apply Information Technology tools and infrastructure to aid the process of good governance and efficient administration.
In order to actualize the vision and mission, the Government’s thrust is to make Information Technology the vehicle for productive growth in the State. Productive growth will be classified into three categories (i) IT for all round developmental growth (IT as an aid for Development) (ii) Developmental activities leading to IT related growth (Development of IT Sector) and (iii) Improved performance in governance and administration.
3.1 IT for economic and all round developmental growth: In order to make IT an engine for the growth and economic development in the State, the Government will strive to:
3.2 Development of IT Sector:
3.2.1 Creation of an environment conducive to IT related activities:
The State Government would make an effort to create the right environment and atmosphere conducive for promoting the IT Industry in the State by way of the following :-
3.2.2 Human Resource Development: In order to provide quality manpower for the growth of the IT industry in the state and also for the support of various services:
3.3. IT in governance and administration: Providing good governance and efficient administration in the fast growing and competitive world is a challenge. Information Technology infrastructure and tools would be utilised in overcoming the challenge by :-
3.4. IT for masses:
· Making Information Technology as a tool to play a pivotal role for uplifting the citizens through digital unite and bringing economic prosperity to all sections of people. The Government will use IT to the extent possible, for providing quality services to the citizens in the following areas:
The objective is to make SMART (Simple, Moral, Accountable, Responsive, Transparent) Governance a reality, which will bring transparency, accountability and responsibility through the use of IT and achieve the following benefits:
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, the Government proposes to take up the following measures: -
Encouraging an integrated government system for the purpose of grants management, budget preparation and execution and government accounting in order to enhance efficient use of resources.
Preparation of a plan to make Government services citizen-friendly and capable of being transacted through the internet, including setting up of a mechanism for electronic delivery of citizen services in lines of e-Seva and other applications.
Earmarking of up to 5% of the budget by each Government Department for back office automation, training and capacity building etc.
Introduction of web enabled citizen centric services by government Departments.
Making computer literacy a desirable qualification for recruitments in Government.
Making all the existing staff of the Government computer literate at the earliest, preferably within the next three years.
Encouraging functionaries in the Government to play a pro-active role in the implementation of this policy, through constant upgradation of their IT awareness and skills using IT enabled learning tools.
Creating appropriate forum for regular interaction among the Government, the academia, the industry/ business and other key players in the field of IT promotion and development.
Setting up of an IT Implementation Committee in each Department for drawing up a suitable IT plan for the Department, examining the problems faced during implementation and suggesting remedial action with a view to propagating IT. The IT Implementation Committee will work within specified target implementation and deadlines in order to ensure that actual solutions get implemented in a desirable timeframe.
Designating one senior officer in each Department as a Nodal Officer for I.T. for more effective liaison on all IT related matters with the IT Department.
Encouraging functionaries in the Government to play a pro-active role in the implementation of this policy, through constant upgradation of their IT awareness and skills.
Putting in place mechanism for removal of hurdles and bottlenecks.
5. Incentives & Investment Promotion:
In pursuance of the goals and objectives enunciated in the foregoing paragraphs, th e State Government has decided to offer investors the incentives as specified in the State Government’s Industrial Policy 1997 as amended from time to time or its successor Policy.
Special Incentives for IT enabled Industries: Over and above the benefits provided to the IT industries in terms of the State Industrial Policy, an additional 10% subsidy would be provided to the IT enabled services in respect of power, captive generating set including non conventional energy generating set, State Capital Investment subsidy and subsidy on rented infrastructure.
Priority for Disbursement: The disbursement of the incentives by the implementing agency would be in accordance with the chronological order of approved claims. Priority would, however, be given to 100% export oriented units.
Interpretation: The decisions of the Department of Information Technology, Government of Meghalaya as regards to interpretation of this policy including the incentive schemes shall be final.
Inter-connectivity of International Call Centers / IT Enabled Services:
The Government would permit inter-connectivity between call centers or other units of IT Enabled Services. This includes Load Sharing between the Centers for optimum utilization of expensive resources (International Bandwidth), Interconnecting two facilities through fibre optic cable to help companies to establish customer / expertise specific centers of excellence, International call center, etc.
Single Window Clearance:
To facilitate and expedite the various clearances and Government approvals required by entrepreneurs, as also to promote investments in the State, the Government would set up a single window agency for all IT related investments in the State.
Working Capital from Banks:
Government will encourage lead Banks to set up special cells to provide working capital to Information Technology enabled services units.
6. Role of the IT Department:
The Information Technology Department would perform a nodal, catalytic and facilitating role in all matters relating to IT and also in the implementation of this IT policy. The policy shall come into effect from the date of notification and until further orders. The Government reserves the right to make any amendments to the policy. All Departments would consult and inform IT Department in IT related matters.