Wide disparities exist in export contribution

By siliconindia   |   Thursday, 20 September 2007, 07:00 Hrs
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New Delhi: While addressing the executive board meeting of Nasscom Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Commerce recently expressed his concern over the uneven spread of IT industry in generating employment and revenues across different states.

“The total exports of about $32 billion last year, seven cities namely Bangalore, National Capital Region, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Navi Mumbai and Kolkata accounted for 95 per cent. Whereas another seven cities including Mysore, Bhubaneswar, Mangalore, Jaipur, Gandhinagar, and Thiruvananthapuram, totally contributed 3 percent,” says Rmesh.

While certain cities such as Indore, Kochi, Vishakhapatnam and Coimbatore contributed to about 0.6 percent of software exports, certain cities did not contribute at all to the country’s overall exports.

He citied that the Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Bangalore centre, with Rs 47,250 crore continued to lead in exports, followed by NCR at Rs 22,357 crore and Chennai and Hyderbad at Rs 19,867 crore and 18,294 crore, respectively.

Considering the disparities that existed in the total exports contributed by different cities across the country, Ramesh urged the industry to spread out in under-served regions and areas.

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