Gen-Next Summit showcases Naya Raipur as IT/ITeS hub
Over the last decade or so, the state of Chhattisgarh has made rapid progress on industrial, agricultural and social sectors. The state has now taken the initiative to establish Naya Raipur, which is billed to be the first smart city of the country, as an ideal IT/ITeS destination. To promote the investment in these high tech areas, the government of Chhattisgarh has provided many incentives which range from tax breaks to assistance in setting up units.
To promote Naya Raipur as the next IT hub, Gen-Next Summit, 2015, Chhattisgarh, was organized by Governance Today in collaboration with Chhattisgarh Info-tech and Biotech Promotion Society’ (CHiPS). The Summit, held in Taj Gateway, Raipur on
June 26, 2015, witnessed the presence of top government officials and corporates from across the country. It also served as an ideal platform for the Government of Chhattisgarh to brief corporates about the policies and facilities that have been provided to encourage corporates to come to the state.
The summit was inaugurated by Dr Raman Singh, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, and was attended by Vivek Dhand, Chief Secretary, Chhattisgarh and Aman Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Electronics IT and Energy, Chhattisgarh. Top officials from various companies were also present to know in-depth details about the investment opportunities in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that the campaign for ‘Make in Chhattisgarh’ on the lines of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ is gaining momentum with many companies relating to Information Technology and solar panel unit already in the pipeline. When it comes to investing in the state, the Chief Minister said there is an enthusiastic and positive environment for the establishment of IT/ ITeS companies and industries related to energy sector. The manufacturing of mobile telephone instruments, computer tablets, electronic and solar power instruments will start on a large-scale soon.
Chief Minister further clarified that the State is a peaceful area. The Naxalites’ problem is limited to a few pockets in some districts. He further added that the state is developing at a rapid pace. Among the many achievements is the fact that Chhattisgarh is the only state with ‘zero’ power-cuts.
Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand explained that several companies have shown keen interest in investing in Chhattisgarh. He also gave detailed socio-economic and cultural advantages of the state. Principal Secretary Aman Kumar Singh informed the gathering that the industries in the core sector like cement, electricity, steel and aluminum have already set up business in large numbers in the state. He underscored the aim of the state to make ‘Digital India’ of Mr. Narendra Modi a reality, emphasizing that skill development is top of the agenda of the authorities for this purpose. Saurabh Kumar, CEO, CHiPS, expounded in details about the benefits of investing in Naya Raipur and steps that CHiPS was taking in this regard. Other speakers who spoke at the summit in the summit were Santosh Choubey, Chairman & MD, AISECT, Jitender Gupta, Country Head, Networking & Security, Avaya Global and Kartikeya Goel, IAS, Director, Department of Industries, Government of Chhattisgarth, to name a few. These business leaders deliberated on initiatives such as Smart Cities and emerging technologies and how these could change the way business is done.
The Gen-Next Summit served as the perfect platform for both Government and IT/ITeS leaders to interact with each other regarding policies for establishing these high tech sectors in Naya Raipur.
The vision while planning Naya Raipur was that it would be a green smart city. The city will be eco-friendly with focus on recycling goods and increase in use of renewable resources. We are going to use non-motorised transport (NMT) in Naya Raipur. Most importantly, the city will be citizen-friendly with focus on security, especially for physically challenged and women. At present, we have 500 families in Naya Raipur. Our target for the next fi ve years will be to allocate more than 75,000 people as residents of Naya Raipur. Also, we would be focusing on IT/ITeS industries, pharmaceutical companies, textiles, construction material industries and service industries.
Chhattisgarh is the new state and for us IT, ITeS, ESDM are the focal point for driving the growth. We are the largest producer of steel in the country which eventually leads to lowest construction cost. Without a doubt we are the easiest state to do business and there is no other state that can match us in terms of facilitating IT companies in setting up shops and handling daily operational issues.
In Chhattisgarh, red tape and permission required are lesser when it comes to doing business. Geography is an added advantage as Chhattisgarh is located centrally and thus it further promotes ease of doing business. After Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh has the largest reserves of mineral wealth in India. Our focus is on core sectors (Power Generation, Aluminium, Steel and Cement) and we are leading producers of these four elements in the country. Despite few issues, numbers and research have proved that business in Chhattisgarh runs without any interruption with high profitability.
Chhattisgarh is the land of opportunity for those looking to invest and start business here. But today issue is that data is increasing as everything is data driven. Chhattisgarh is one of those few states where data security is given top priority. Ours is the state which has completely automated the entire food cycle; right from the paddy procurement to distributing it to fair price shops. So, whether you are from agriculture industry, IT industry, food processing industry, your data is secure so that in future you can show that data to decision makers.
At present AISECT is one of the biggest organizations for IT and ITeS with approximately 20,000 centers in 27 states. Through these 20,000 centers AISECT has been able to execute development work successfully. Our relationship with Chhattisgarh goes back even before its inception with AISECT being present in almost every district. AISECT has been actively involved in the progress of the state, especially in the fi eld of ICT, and we would continue to be involved in the progress story of Chhattisgarh even in future.
Smart city is the topic of discussion everywhere across the country but what we first need is establishment of smart institution. Out of 30,000 engineers in Chhattisgarh, 1000 comes from C V Raman University. Our main challenge is to give professional engineer that can serve the society. We have been in Chhattisgarh for last 8-9 years and till now we have invested approx. Rs. 500 crores in infrastructure in order to provide quality education to students. Thus Dr. C V Raman University has all the elements that make it a smart institute.
We are privileged and proud to be associated with Chhattisgarh as one of the technology providers in the state. We have been surveying the state for last 7-8 years. Our solutions can help not only government, but also society. Avaya offers contact center solutions, Unifi ed Communication, IP telephony, networking, video conferencing solutions worldwide and now it will be an honor to offer same solutions to Chhattisgarh.
When we talk about smart city there are multiple segments like smart home, smart buildings, smart security, smart healthcare, smart transport and many more. Avaya has many robust solutions that have been already deployed. We have smart building solutions, smart healthcare solutions and smart security and transport solution. Apart from this, we have deployed a new solution in Bihar last month-smart prison. And our second solution is smart high court that has already been deployed in Guwahati. Avaya is constantly bringing new solutions to meet the new age challenges.
We are one of the leading end-to-end solution providers of fi nancial inclusion through the business correspondent model. Senrysa provides ICT solutions and services to over 5000 villages across India with a customer base of 50 lacs. We are also known for disbursing government benefits to benefi ciaries through business correspondent model Our solutions support every technology that is available today and we would like to bring it to the market to serve the masses.
We will be surrounded by so many devices which are connected to the Internet that we won’t feel the existence of it. Moreover, threats are evolving as earlier cyber criminals were targeting weak router and now they are targeting the individual users. When it comes to Digital India it means that more people would be connecting to Internet and thus more devices would be connecting through the Internet. This digitization would help us in building smart cities and Internet connectivity would play a major role in this whole process. But we need security and for that Cyberoam security solutions will enable you to roam freely in the cyber world.
Digital Infrastructure, governance and services, and digital empowerment make for a successful digital city dream. We need to have content that is available at any place anytime and it should be accessible through any device. These things can be delivered
in real time if you form basic pillar of network infrastructure. This infrastructure has to be very fl exible and agile so that it can adapt to the growing need of the applications. We need more bandwidth and more connection oriented infrastructure.
GDP of Chhattisgarh state has been growing year-on-year with a healthy growth of eight and half per cent. Everything is going digital, including health, education, financial inclusion, agriculture and services. Emphasis on Digital India is going to strengthen
in years to come. Every student prefer the digital way and that is why Chhattisgarh needs Digital Skilled Development Plan and we hope that state government works on the plan and comes up with roadmap on how to work ahead with Digital plan for Chhattisgarh.