Kerala IT Policy 2017 (Draft)

Department of Electronics & Information Technology

Govt. of Kerala

1. Introduction

The State of Kerala has always been working towards adoption and application of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) be it the services/support to its citizens or enabling smoother functioning of the business community. Numerous initiatives have been taken up over the years, which have enabled the State to intervene effectively in implementing ICT projects and to be a pioneer in E-governance activities.

The State has been successful in creating a robust Electronics Delivery of Service infrastructure in terms of State wide area network, Data centers and citizen service centers. There has been a good amount of work that has gone into creating a sustainable model for ‘Akshaya’, the network of IT entrepreneurs who work under the Brand on a license agreement to delivery public services. Akshaya is one of the most lauded and successful citizen service delivery center models in the country and in the world. The centrally monitored but loosely structured governance mechanism gives it the flexibility and operational nimbleness and at the same time ensures the security and authenticity of public service delivery.

Even though the first IT park and first electronic enterprise were started in Kerala , today we lag behind in software exports and electronics industry. Kerala needs to create a change to make a quantum leap in innovative technologies and to accelerate growth in the above areas. The policy aims to generate projects which will mould Kerala into a Knowledge based society.

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