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All Haryana gram panchayats to have Wi-Fi in 2 years

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All gram panchayats in Haryana would soon be covered with Wi-Fi and there could be broadband in every household in the State in the next two years.

The Haryana Cabinet approved Haryana IT and ESDM Policy-2017 which envisages one Wi-Fi zone in all 6,078 gram panchayats within two years, broadband to every household and Wi-Fi zone at important public places in all towns and cities, 4G services in every village in the next three years.

The policy aims to develop Information Technology (IT) and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sectors over five years as key growth drivers for realising the state's vision set under the Enterprises Promotion Policy-2015.

The five-year goal of the draft policy includes generation of employment for 15 lakh persons in the IT-ESDM sector by 2020, increasing the sector's contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state from 9.4 per cent to 15 per cent, and making Haryana pioneer in research and development for ESDM by producing 1,000 patents.

Under the draft policy, provision has been made for various financial incentives, simplified regulatory regime and infrastructure augmentation for different categories such as IT and ITeS, ESDM, Startups, MSME, AVGC, backward and most backward regions and digital governance. The policy is formulated after various rounds of deliberation with Govt of India and other stakeholders including industry associations, investors, industry experts, etc.

The policy lays strong thrust on manufacturing and dovetailing with Enterprise Promotion Policy 2015, offers lucrative incentives to promote growth in ESDM sector in Haryana. The policy offers various fiscal incentives such as reimbursement of SGST, Capital Subsidy, Stamp duty exemption, etc. Further, for IT and ITeS units property tax will be levied at rate of industrial tariff.

The policy envisages to have at least one digital literate person in every household of Haryana and Vishwkarma university at Palwal will be designing appropriate curriculum to ensure this goal under the policy. Various goals for digital governance have been defined under the policy, including state-wide digital network in each Gram Panchayat of Haryana under the National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) project by 2017, and Wi-Fi zone in all Gram Panchayats, at important public places in all towns and cities and public Wi-Fi hotspots.

This policy envisages to create a holistic ecosystem which is conducive for investors in Haryana. Landmark decisions such levying External Development Charges on actual but not normative rates, allowing license to develop IT Parks in an area of less than 5 acre, etc are proposed in IT and ESDM Policy 2017.




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