TELANGANA ICT POLICY 2.0 – A TRANSFORMATIVE STEP1 month ago Rituka M
The State of Telangana released the latest Information & Communications Technology Policy 2021-2026. The Telangana ICT policy 2.0 aims to achieve the digital empowerment of every citizen in the State.
Under the guidance of Shri KT Rama Rao, ITE&C Minister, the IT space in Telangana has been growing tremendously. The 1st ICT Policy (2016-2021) successfully brought IT opportunities to Tier-2 & Tier-3 cities & towns, and governance strategies. As a result, the State considers itself a pioneer across domains like AI/ML, Blockchain, Data Analytics, Cyber-security, and Drones.
Over the last 5 years, the Telangana Government has launched several focused sub-sector policies like Data Center policy, and AI framework & Electronics policy. Owing to the pandemic, the transformation of the technology space boomed and the adoption of technology accelerated. The vision for the ITE&C sector is digitally empowering the citizens & government, with innovation & entrepreneurship at the helm of transforming ICT as an industry.
ICT Policy 2021-2026
The 2nd ICT Policy shall primarily focus on IT/ITeS, Electronics, Skilling, Upskilling, Reselling, Cloud-first policy, and a Paperless & Presenceless Government.
IT/ITeS, Product Development, Engineering, and R&D:
With an aim to focus on strengthening the Intellectual Property output, the policy shall facilitate R&D & support SMEs increase output. With a target to increase total direct employment to 10 Lakh IT jobs by 2026, & double the annual IT/ITeS exports. Intending to increase Telangana’s share in Global Capacity Centers (GCC’s) coming to India, the policy will ease the process of entry & doing business in the State. Apart from that, the focus will be facilitated towards talent, IP, and finance generation. With a single point of contact (Chief Relations Officer) for the management of projects, Telangana has created an Advisory Committee. The Committee shall oversee the Development of Engineering, R&D, IT & ITeS across all focus areas. Additionally, they shall assist CCITI in monitoring & administering incentive requests from investors, with specific guidance towards MSMEs.
In an attempt to make Telangana the hub for the Electronics sector, the State shall generate employment of 3 Lakhs. Additionally, also attract Rs. 75,000 crores through investments in the Electronics Sector. The Policy relays a key focus on consumer electronics, mobile manufacturing, EV, Energy Storage, Solar PV, IT Hardware, Semiconductor Fabrication, & Telecom Equipment.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship:
Having set up T Hub, WE-Hub, TSIC, T Works, TASK, & Emerging Technologies Wing to attract & empower entrepreneurs starting up to choose Telangana. Targeting to set up an Rs. 1300 crore fund for startups, of which Rs. 100 cr will go towards Grassroots Innovation Fund. Firstly, initiatives like the Comprehensive Start-up Funding ecosystem with collaboration with VC & Angel investors and a Government Investment Fund will be established. Secondly, a Government Mentor Program empowering 200 startups over 5 years, & a model RFP-initiative would ease procurement of govt. services. Thirdly, enabling the homepreneurs, the govt. will create a secure e-marketplace to increase productivity. Moreover, the policy’s focus shall also be towards Social Entrepreneurship and a School Innovation Challenge. In conclusion, the govt. aims to inculcate the innovation bug in young kids, and empower them to actualize their ideas.
Skilling, Upskilling, and Reskilling:
Intending to improve the quality of living of the citizens and digitally empower them, the policy emphasizes this. In an attempt to enhance digital skills, the govt. has launched programs for cybersecurity, AI, & early-stage digital skills. On the other hand, reskilling has gained larger importance to improve employability through certifications. Generating tech & work-ready talent remains the focus of Telangana ICT Policy 2.0, with a target of training 50,000+ students YoY.
Contactless, Paperless, & Presenceless Government:
With the onset of a digital revolution, streamlining the digital interactions, the government has adopted technologies like AI/ML, blockchain. From MeeSeva 2.0 to Janahitha, a citizen grievance redressal platform, the govt. has been leveraging digital platforms to create an effective stream of communication.
Identifying & exploring high-impact and transformative emerging technologies has remained a primary aim of the Telangana govt. Having entered the AI, Cloud adoption, Blockchain, Drones, Cybersecurity, E-waste & IoT space, the State envisions to maintain & grow its position. Moreover, they intend to explore technologies like Additive Manufacturing, Space Technology, Robotics, & Digital Twins. Most importantly, the State aims to become the epicenter for GovTech with the creation of a TET (Telangana Emerging Technologies) Corridor. This platform allows various stakeholders to collaborate & co-create solutions and products. The platform shall also provide for institutional support, thought-leadership, R&D, innovation, incubation, partnerships, & attracting investments.
Having been at the forefront of adopting new technologies, Telangana Government targets a 100% cloud policy adoption across govt. departments. From setting up a dedicated team of cloud specialists (a Cloud Center of Excellence) to Data Center Investors, the govt. aims to fully optimize the cloud infrastructure.
Technology For Urban Living:
With over 40% of the State’s population being urban residents, the Govt. intends to convert all cities into smart cities. And similarly, facilitate this conversion to the rural areas as well. With services like Smart Water, Lighting, Education, Healthcare, Mobility, & Waste Management, the govt. aims to create safe & secure localities. Targeting to establish over 40 smart cities & localities, Telangana aims to enhance the Quality of Living Index.
Telangana’s growth trajectory has been on an all-time high due to the visionary leadership & flawless execution of the policies. Understanding the importance technology holds in today’s world, Telangana intends to become a global market leader. With ICT Policy 2.0, the Government is all set to materialize on the vision of Golden Telangana & empower its citizens.