It was on a visit to Bengaluru that IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who at the moment additionally held the Telecom portfolio, met some youths from Bihar who requested him to do one thing which might allow them to work again house moderately than come to far off locations seeking livelihood. And thus was born the thought of selling BPOs in smaller cities and cities. According to Prasad, the trade wouldn’t have gone to smaller locations except supplied with some incentive and so his ministry formulated a per-seat subsidy coverage. Almost three years later, the initiative is flourishing. “I am quite sure that the day is not far when the movement of taking BPOs to smaller places will be a subject of study for global strategists,” Prasad instructed FE.
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“Now, the IT industry is no more confined to only metros and big cities. They have moved to smaller towns and the youth no longer needs to move out of their native place in search of jobs,” he added. The IT ministry in 2015 launched two schemes — the India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS) and North East BPO Promotion Scheme (NEBPS) — below which it gives capital help together with particular incentives of up to Rs 1 lakh per seat within the type of viability hole funding. Under the IBPS and NEBPS, the goal was to create a complete of 53,300 seats and 268 BPO centres throughout 110 cities unfold over 22 states and 6 Union territories.
A complete of 184 firms are taking part within the course of for name centres in cities of their selection. So far, 47,495 BPO seats have been allotted, of which 29,147 seats and 153 centres have already develop into operational. BPOs have began operations in small cities like Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh; Muzaffarpur in Bihar; Raipur in Chhattisgarh; Baddi in Himachal Pradesh; Sagar in Madhya Pradesh; Jaleshwar in Odisha, Karim Nagar in Telangana; Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir, Sangli in Maharashtra and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. They have helped generate 18,916 jobs, which incorporates 6,417 jobs for girls.
Prasad stated that such measures will strengthen Prime Minister’s Digital India programme and lead to lot of different providers. “Like the television revolution was sparked by the proliferation of channels, in a similar manner I see lot of services mushrooming through the community service centres (CSCs) which have also grown several folds under this government,” he stated.