Kerala Looks Ahead: CM calls for investments in IT sector

Kerala's efforts to modernize its economy, ensure inclusive growth, and inject efficiency in governance through a raft of IT applications were unfolded at a global stage here on Tuesday.

Presenting the vision statement at the 'Kerala Looks Ahead' (KLA) global conference and consultation, organized by the Kerala State Planning Board, Vijayan also emphasied the need to ''rework and renew'' the existing Information Technology(IT) policy to meet new demands and changing circumstances. The state has accorded priority to investments in human development and basic social welfare.

Highlighting the prominent role of Information Technology  in building the future of Kerala, CM  Pinarayi said the IT revolution has been progressing for more than 30 to 45 years now and continues to be at the forefront of modern technological advances.

Significant progress in the production of software and hardware would contribute to value addition, growth of productive assets, advanced knowledge generation, and promotion of highly skilled labor and employment, CM said.

Listing the initiatives taken by his government to promote the vital sector, he said ''we are aware that this isonly the beginning of a journey that is important to our stateand its future. Our government has declared an IT policy. If necessary, we can rework and renew this policy to meet new demands and changing circumstances.'' A common refrain at the conference was the imperative need to launch robust policy interventions, provide best-in-class infrastructure, ensure Ease of Doing business, offer hand-holding to startups, and put in place a system for continual skilling of the workforce.

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