GUWAHATI, Oct 15 - Urging the State government to be proactive and supportive to the local IT companies, Assam Society for Software and Services Company (ASSSCOM), an association of IT companies of the State, said that the home-grown entrepreneurs are willing to take the responsibility to carry forward the agenda of development of information technology in the State with favourable support from the government under the Assam IT Policy 2016.
It also appreciated IT Minister Keshab Mahanta for his statement and initiatives for development of the IT industry in Assam during the recently held �Consultation Programme on Assam IT Policy 2016�.
ASSSCOM, a body with an employment of over 15,000 local youths, lauded Mahanta�s efforts to protect the interest of home-grown entrepreneurs of Assam, who would be the major catalyst in the development of the IT industry in the State.
�ASSSCOM has observed that in spite of a lot of initiatives from the State government, there has been no investment in the IT sector from any of the major IT players of India in the last 15 years. In this situation, the home-grown entrepreneurs are willing to take the responsibility to carry forward the agenda of development of information technology in the State with favourable support from the government under the Assam IT Policy 2016. The home-grown entrepreneurs have already proved themselves by successfully implementing critical IT projects over the last two decades through their own efforts,� it said in a statement.
During the consultation programme, majority of the participants came out with the suggestion for ensuring that all government procurement (products and services) to the limit of at least Rs 50 crore in each project, is done through home-grown entrepreneurs. It was further recommended that entry restrictions for such companies in the bidding process be abolished. ASSSCOM feels creating a conducive environment for the growth of home-grown entrepreneurs is most critical for development and ensuring a sustainable IT industry in Assam, along with investment from outside the State.