Jobs in the small towns of the country is coming out of the government’s policy of providing opportunity in the IT sector. Under this policy, the government has approved proposals to start BPO in Unnao, Ghazipur, Samastipur, Muzaffarpur and Siliguri after Patna, Varanasi, Dalsingh Sarai and Bhagalpur. Apart from this, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is also setting up centers for training youth in small cities.
Recently rejecting the news of retrenchment in IT sector, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Nasscom has denied this. In contrast, job opportunities in the IT sector are increasing. Big IT companies are also hiring new people. According to NASSCOM, there will be 25 to 30 million new jobs created in the country by 2025.
Prasad said that the country’s IT and BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) sector size will be $ 37 billion in 2017. This will create new jobs in this area. The Common Service Centers (CSCs) in the country have provided 10 lakh jobs locally. Most jobs are given at the village level. The number of CSC in the country is 2.5 million. The STPI, which is under the Ministry of Information Technology, runs the BPO promotion scheme. Under this scheme, a target of setting 48,000 BPO seats in the country in 2017-18. BPOs with one thousand seats have been set up in Patna and Varanasi. Now there is a plan to start a 100-seater BPO in other smaller cities.
According to Prasad, 72 new mobile companies have started manufacturing in the country in the past 30 months. There are about one lakh direct and three lakh indirect employment opportunities available. Apple has recently started manufacturing handsets in Bengaluru, an iPhone maker.