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SME Times News Bureau | 22 Sep, 2012
The National Policy on Information Technology (IT) 2012, which aims to encourage adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) in key sectors, has been recently approved by the cabinet.

"The Cabinet has recently approved the National Policy on Information Technology 2012," ministry of communications and information Thursday said in an official statement.

The thrust areas of the policy includes encouraging adoption of ICTs in key sectors to improve their competitiveness and productivity besides providing fiscal benefits to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups for adoption of IT in value creation.

The policy envisages the growth of the IT market to USD 300 billion and creation of additional 10 million employments by 2020, the statement said.

A statement said the policy attempts also to leverage India's global edge in ICT to advance national competitiveness in other sectors, particularly those of strategic and economic importance.

It envisages creating a pool of 10 million additional skilled manpower in ICT and make at least one individual in every household e-literate.

The policy will enhance transparency, accountability, efficiency, reliability and decentralization in government and in particular, in delivery of public services.

The policy will be notified in the Gazette shortly, the ministry said. 
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