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IT Scenario in Orissa
Information Technology (IT) is one of the most dominant and growing industry in the
global economy today. The dynamic technological advancements in the Information
Technology has reinforced the changes in the economy and social sector that are
transforming the business and society. In this article, I have made an effort to portray the
required basic infrastructural amenities available in Orissa to attract IT companies.
Information Technology (IT) is one of the most dominant and growing industry in the global economy
today. The dynamic technological advancements in the Information Technology has reinforced the
changes in the economy and social sector that are transforming the business and society. In view of
this new kind of economy-information economy, the software development activity is expected to
grow many folds in the coming years. This technology has resulted in the growing importance of the
software services. No need to displace and rehabilitate the tribes and no need to earn money by
selling the precious metals. Software industry can solve these issues upto some extent to boom our
economy. The over-drafted state can be paid monthly regular salaries to the employees and spend
more money in health, education and other developmental activities.
The effort for inviting IT industries was started by the government just after the globalization.
Government of India has taken a step to promote the software exports from India to increase the
global market share by creating Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) across the country. The
first STPI of Orissa was started in Bhubaneswar in 1992 with exports worth around Rs.2.3 million. At
that time, the state had only four software development companies named, Lee&Nee, Shivam, DPS
and Radiant. In the year 1997-98, some 25 companies including the software majors like Satyam and
Infosys registered under the STPI. Every year the number of IT companies are increasing. Now more
than 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) under STP scheme and 200 non-STP units are
established in different parts of Orissa.
In 2004-2005, the state accounted for an export revenue of Rs 4 billion rupees. The software export
amount was around Rs.3.19 billion in 2003- 2004 which was almost a billion higher than the export
revenue of the previous year i.e. Rs.2.13 billion. The state is confident of generating a revenue of Rs
7 billion and Rs 10 billion from software exports by the end of fiscal 2006-07 and 2007 -08. Due to
lack of lack of proper infrastructure and retrograde steps like strikes by trade unions compel the
Orissa to occupy bottom position in this regard..
Infrastructure is one of the most important pre-requisites for fostering the growth of IT industry. As
far as IT industry is concerned, it includes hi-tech habitant, bandwidth, optical fibre connectivity,
satellite communication, modern airport, and international convention center. Ready availability of Hi-
tech space with the required infrastructural amenities like built-in electrical and communication
facilities, data ports, central air-conditioning etc will be a great incentive for IT companies to set up
their offices on a fast track. It is the endeavor of the Orissa Government to facilitate creation of large
extents of hi-tech space not only in and around Bhubaneswar but also in the important towns in the
state. In this regard, STPI Bhubaneswar established IT parks like Infocity, Fortune Tower, Tower 2000
and STPI Complex. These IT Parks contain following infrastructure and amenities:
· Uninterrupted power supply,
* Centrally air-condition.
* Fire detection and fighting system and lightning arrester.
* Separate Service Area for each module comprising of separate gents and ladies toilets and wash.
* High-speed data link through optic fibre cables from STPI-Bhubaneswar.
* Capsule and Service lift facilities.
* Protected covered parking in basement and ample open parking facility.
* Cafeteria and Conference Halls.
* Bank and ATM.
The oxygen of IT industry, the bandwidth is an electronic highway for the conduct of all human
interactions in the new millennium. However, the state is still lying behind by international standards.
Orissa government must take the lead in creating this mission-critical infrastructure by designing an
attractive model for acquiring bandwidth in an economically viable manner. At the same time, the
Government will promote the use of satellite communication systems to provide connectivity,
especially to the remote locations in the State. The Government will also promote the use of wireless
communication technologies to provide better communication services especially in the last mile.
Besides that an modern airport is essential for speedy and convenient travel and cargo movement to
international IT centers. It facilitates (i) travel of IT professionals to Silicon Valley and to other IT hubs
of the world, (ii) Quick cargo movement of computer hardware produced by Hardware manufacturers
to the International markets and (iii) Importing IT equipment required for research and development.
The airport should have good connectivity to all the major cities with having good frequency. Another
piece of essential infrastructure is the establishment of an International Convention Centre with
facilities to host International IT exhibitions, Seminars and Conferences.
The development of IT industry in a region is an evolutionary process. This continuous process of
evolution needs a continuity also in the policy environment, which , in turn, depends on the socio-
The creation of confidence in society in the capability of IT to manage its day to day affairs and the
generation of the wide spread belief that IT can be an effective instrument for the economic well being
of a people are essential in this context. However good the objectives of the IT policy may beArticle
Submission, its successful implementation depends to a large extent on the extent to which the
citizens in general and the benefit groups in particular appreciate its usefulness and derive the fruit it
provides. A well designed campaign to continually enhance the public awareness of the benefits of the
various programs is quite relevant and essential in this context.
Two of the most visited national parks of East India are the Sunderbans National Park and the
Kaziranga National Park. Overflowing with tourists every years, these parks are a great tourist
Sunderbans National Park
Sunderbans is the world’s largest delta and mangrove forest, is formed by the merging of three rivers
- the Ganga, the Brahmaputra and the Meghna. The region boasts of a 2,585 sq km wildlife sanctuary
- the largest estuarine sanctuary in the world, and is a must visit site.
Royal Bengal Tiger, Fishing Cats, Macaques, Wild Boar, Common Grey Mongoose, Fox, Jungle Cat,
Flying Fox, Pangolin, Chital, are found in abundance in the Sunderbans.
Kaziranga National Park
A world heritage site, Kaziranga is situated in Assam and is popular for being a home to two-thirds of
the world's Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Nestled in a rich mix of forests and grasslands, the park
provides a natural habitat to several species of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Water Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, Gaur, Sambar, Indian Tigers, Leopards, Small Indian Civets,
Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Chinese And Indian Pangolins, Badgersblyth's Kingfisher,
White-Bellied Heron, Dalmatian And Spot-Billed Pelicans, Spotted Greenshanks And Black-Bellied
Terns, Monocled Cobras, Russell's Viper, and Monitor Lizards are few of the many species of animals
Other national parks in this region include Keibul Lamjao National Park, and Manas National Park
to name a few.
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There are 62 distinct tribal communities in Orissa including 13 primitive tribal groups. The S.T.
population of Orissa constitute 22.13% of the State�s total population and 9.66 % of the country�s
tribal population. 54.41% of the total tribal population live in the Scheduled area and the remaining
45.59% outside the Scheduled area. The scheduled areas constitute 69,614 sq. KMs out of Orissa�s
total geographical area of 1,55,707 sq. KMs The tribal sub-plan area comprise 118 Panchayat Samities
and 1902 Gram Panchayats of 12 districts. Out of 12 districts, 5 districts are located in KBK
Region.Incidence of poverty in Orissa is the highest in the country. Poverty among the tribals is higher.
Several development programmes are undertaken for development of the tribals to reduce the critical
gaps in the field of health, education, agriculture, horticulture, skill upgradation and rural connectivity at
par with the developed areas of the State.