Maharashta Government IT policy

Maharashta Government IT policy

*** Initiatives for Human Resources Development ***

1) It is proposed that in the next five years, computer labs costing Rs.15 lakh each will be set up in 637 government/semi-government secondary and higher secondary schools and, wherever possible, will be provided Internet connections.

2 ) Aided secondary and higher secondary schools will be encouraged to set up computer labs through private participation.

3) 'Train the Teachers' programme will be implemented.

4) Degree and diploma engineering colleges will be encouraged to increase their intake for IT

5)Government will actively pursue with government of India about setting up of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Pune.

6) Nationally or internationally reputed institutions will be welcomed, to set
up a software university

7) In order to create a digital library, a dedicated centre will be set up as part of the University of Pune. A fund of knowledge will be made available to the people of the state in English and Marathi, or in electronic form - CD-ROM's, the Internet, etc.


*** IT in Government ****

The objective of use of I.T. in Government will be to improve the quality and productivity of services rendered by Government, make Government more transparent and bring IT to the common man.

1.For this purpose, it is proposed to replicate the Varananagar project in other regions of the State.

2.Computerization of Government departments with very high public contact (e.g. sales tax, revenue, health, education, irrigation, PWD, etc.).

3.Computerized interface between citizen and Government by way of Bulletin Boards and Public Tele Info Centres will ensure that people get instant information about Government programmes, policies and procedures.

4.Programme to increase computer literacy and proficiency of Government employees will be accelerated.

5.Use of I.T. for better monitoring of Government programmes will ensure speedy implementation of projects.

6.Use of E-Mail will become obligatory between State Headquarters and District-level Offices by 1st January, 1999 and up to Taluka Headquarters by 1st January, 2000 is a step in the direction of paperless office



Both fiscal and non-fiscal incentives are proposed to be given to IT sector in Maharashtra to make it globally competitive. For this purpose,

1.The software industry will be permitted in residential areas and will be included in the list of users permitted in the No-Development Zone.

2.IT parks developed by public institutions such as MIDC and CIDCO will be given 100 per cent extra FSI on payment of 25 per cent premium.

3.Permission to use agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes will not be required for the software industry in residential areas.

4.Software units will not require permission from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.

5.Eligible IT units in A, B and C areas will be entitled to benefits for D areas under the Package Scheme of Incentives, which will be modified to suit the IT industry.

6.The IT package scheme will continue till 2000 AD.

7.Sales tax on hardware will be reduced to two per cent, on software (package or off the shelf) to one per cent and on customised software to zero. There will be no increase in these rates for five years.

8.Octroi on IT products will be refunded.

9.Electricity duty will be waived on IT units.

10.Property transactions in designated IT parks will be exempted from stamp duty. Similarly, there will be no stamp duty on leases and financial instruments of units in these parks. The maximum registration fee charged from these units will be Rs.1,000.

11.Name and goodwill tax will not apply to IT units.


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