The Government of Kerala has identified IT as one of the
growth engines of the state’s economy. The creation
of IT policy 2001 – 2005 is the
first big step to ensure an IT led growth.
The broad intent of the IT Policy 2001-05 is to put
in place a package of policy measures and incentives,
which would make Kerala one of the most attractive investment
destinations in InformationTechnology. Through this
Policy, Kerala has created an enabling framework to
reposition itself as a leading destination for IT investment
in the country. The Policy recognizes the role of the
Government as that of a facilitator for the rapid and
sustained development of the IT industry. It aims to
provide the best enabling environment for attracting
private sector investment in the State and also enunciates
an HRD strategy that meets industry needs while underlining
employment promotion in the state.
here to download the State IT Policy
1. Incorporates the first tailor-made regulatory framework
for the IT industry
2. Software companies deemed as ‘Establishments’
under the “Kerala Shops and Commercial Establishments
3. Government provides exemptions to the software companies
from the provisions of the above Act in several respects.
4. IT industry deemed a Public Service Utility under
the Industrial Disputes Act, 1943.
5. Regulates the presence and activity of head load
workers on the premises of the IT industry establishments,
as well as state promoted IT Parks in general, to ensure
smooth, undisturbed functioning of the IT industry.
6. Permits Self-certification in respect of 9 Acts.
7. Provides for part-time working and tele-working,
both of which enable ITES operations.
8. Offers a comprehensive package of incentives for
IT products, Software and ITES industry.
9. State wide HRD programs to create trained pool of
manpower with the skills and aptitudes appropriate to
the IT and ITES industry requirements.
10. Bridge programs for engineering graduates, Communicative
English, Soft Skills, Accent Neutralisation, ITES sub-domain
level training, etc.
11. Programs to be woven into the mainstream collegiate
education system, including continuing education programs,
in the State.
12. Spoken and written English shall be emphasised
at the School level.
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