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Recognising the increased role for the private sector in IT development, e-governance initiatives would be implemented through public-private partnership with suitable revenue generating and revenue-sharing arrangements, she said chairing the first meeting of the Tamil Nadu Information Technology Council at the Secretariat here. Information Technology would be used for sharpening the competitiveness of old economy industries, for connecting people in remote rural areas with urban centres and generating rural wealth and employment. Imaginative policy directives which addressed present and short-term needs and deployment of scarce resources through an appropriate ``return on investments'' strategy were needed for translating this ``grand vision into action points''. After deliberations in the council, the Government would unveil a new IT policy outlining the medium and long-terms plans for the growth of the sector.
Despite economic recession, the September 11, 2001 incidents and accounting misdemeanour on the part of some multinationals, the Indian IT industry registered a 33 per cent growth in exports.
Tamil Nadu, which crossed the $ 1 billion-mark in software exports, was the No.1 State in annual growth, registering an increase of 68 per cent over the previous year.
A sound agro-industrial base and infrastructure, world class connectivity, comfortable power position and outstanding human resource made Tamil Nadu the most-favoured destination for IT- related activities.
This potential should be marketed globally, especially through participation in national and international IT-related exhibitions and by organising seminars and workshops here and abroad.
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