Monday, 22 October 2012

AP Economy Bits: AP-Socio Economic Survey 2011-12 : Information Technology and Communications.

Andhra Pradesh is at present, home for Indian IT majors such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL, Mahindra Satyam, Cognizant, Patni, Tech Mahindra, Sonata, Infotech, and others.

Andhra Pradesh is also home for MNC IT giants and Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, DELL, Motorola, Deloitte, Convergys, UBS, Bank of America, HSBC, Honeywell, Siemens, JP Morgan, UHG and so on.

The State of Andhra Pradesh occupies 13.9% of national IT exports.

IT sector contributes to about 49% of total exports from all sectors in the Sate.

Andhra Pradesh ranked 4th position in IT performance in the Country.

The new Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Policy 2010-15, effective from 1st July 2010, has been brought out.

Tier II Locations are Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Warangal and Tirupati.

Tier III Locations are those which are Identified in any district other than HMDA area and Tier-II locations.

Jawahar Knowledge Centers (JKC)  is a unique Human Resource promotion initiative of the Government started in 2004 and is first of its kind in the Country.

JKC program is being run by the Institute for Electronic Governance (IEG), a society under IT&C department in close coordination and association with IT Industry and Government.

JKC aims to improve the quality of education through imparting suitable skills and enable potential gainful employment to the engineering/MCA graduates.

Every institution that is registered for JKC should assist IEG in imparting employable skills to the JKC registered students of their institution, provide necessary facilities for organizing the workshops for their faculty members as well as students.

In JKCs, the students are trained in various technical skills, soft skills, project management skills and communication skills by JKC faculty members and IEG – IT Associates in parallel to their academics for a period of 2- 3 years.

Government is creating new G-G SWAN connecting the State Capital to all District head quarters (DHQs) with 8 Mbps bandwidth connecting all DHQs upto Mandal Head Quarters (MHQs) with 2 Mbps.

e-Seva was initially started in 1999 with 2 centers in the State Head Quarter Hyderabad . As on today 52 centers are functioning.

“1100” Toll-Free Call Centre –Government a Call away was Launched as agriculture call centre in July 2003 and subsequently extended to include services of all government departments from February 2004.

Based on the request of Revenue (DisasterManagement) department, a new Toll free No.1800-425-1110 accessible to subscribers of all telecom service providers, was taken at Parishkaram call centre. This number became operational w.e.f. 31.08.2009 exclusively to attend to grievance calls related to drought.

Citizen Service Centre (CSC) scheme is a Government of India initiative under National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) under the aegis of department of Information Technology, GOI. EDS is the Nodal Agency for implementing and monitoring this project in the State.

The CSC Scheme involves setting up of 4,687 ICT enable centres in rural areas covering all the districts/mandals of the State. The scheme is being implemented on a Public Private Partnership (PPP)

APOnline is an e-governance gateway for the State Government (GoAP) offering multiple services through a single window to citizens.

e-Procurement automates the procurement and purchase procedures of AP Govt., starting from demand aggregation to procurement and fulfillment of contract.

The prime objectives of e-Procurement are demand aggregation. Reduced inventory cost, consistent procurement procedures across departments, reduction in cost of procurement, transparency and effective tendering processes.

The usage of Digital Certificate is made mandatory from 1st March 2005 for conducting transactions on e- Procurement .

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