The establishment of STIP (Software Technology Park of India) was held by Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jai Ram Thakur on 2 July 2018 with Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister.
This program planned to hold more than 15-20 start-ups, an estimated park cost of Rs. 10 crores. Thakur disclosed the initiates of the state, which is to improve and offer IT-enabled services to enhance ‘Digital India’ dream of Narendra Modi.
These start-ups will offer direct jobs to 300-400 professional of Information Technology (IT) in coming 5 years, said Thakur. The Chief Minister further talked about the plan to set-up another such park in Kangra District, near Gaggal Airport, for which identification of land has been done.
Thakur further said that the state is intense to developed e-hospitals in all districts for the purpose of specialized and better health services. He also proposed the Union Minister for IT and Electronics to offer better assistance.
Prasad disclosed the growth of STPI export units, which in the year 1992-93 was Rs.52 crore and in the year 2016-17 was Rs.350,630 crore. Therefore, STPI played a significant role in developing the country’s IT departments.
He further exclaimed that STPI also played a unique role in developing Tire-II and Tire-III cities. To ensure direct transfer benefit, under ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’ more than 31 crore bank accounts were opened. During a 3 year period, the government even saved Rs. 90,000 crore by direct transfer benefit, reports Prasad.
The Union Minister continued saying that in small towns more than 91 BPOs have already been established, in this period of 4 years. That will assist youth in getting employment easily and near to their residence. Prasad further announced for opening more BPOs in Himachal Pradesh.
Prasad also confirms the plan of e-hospitals as he has engaged the National Informatics Center to start work immediately.
He announced to set-up National Institution of Electronics and Information Technology in Mandi. Therefore, 50 villages of the state will be transformed into ‘Digital Villages’.
The Union Minister talked about the extra incubation facility of STPI in Shimla, which will act as IT-Research center, IT-enable service hub by providing the general infrastructural option, which consists of high-speed data communication, ready-to-use incubation space and additional amenities necessary for the export of services and software as well.