Over 8 Lakh Jobs Created in IT Sector in Last Five years: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Initiatives such as Common Service Centres (CSCs), rural BPO promotions, start-ups and innovation helped drive the growth of the IT sector

Rebutting the Opposition’s allegations of lack of employment opportunities under the Modi government, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the information technology (IT) sector created 8.73 lakh new jobs in the last five years.

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Citing the latest Nasscom report, Prasad also said the IT industry revenue grew from $106 billion in 2013-14 to $180 billion in 2018-19.

According toi him, initiatives such as Common Service Centres (CSCs), rural BPO promotions, start-ups and innovation helped drive the growth of the IT sector.

Further quoting the Nasscom report, Prasad claimed that under the Modi-led government, the current employment in the IT sector tallies to 41.40 lakh jobs directly and 1.2 crore jobs indirectly.

Electronics manufacturing added 6.7 lakh jobs

He said the spurt in economic activities and infrastructure projects over the past five years created a number of jobs.

New initiatives such as CSCs led to the creation of job opportunities for 12 lakh people while 40,000 direct and around 3 lakh indirect jobs were created through start-ups and other innovation schemes, according to the Minister.

For the rural BPOs, there are 23,000 new jobs created so far and electronics manufacturing has added an additional 6.7 lakh jobs, he added.

About new jobs in the government departments, Prasad said that will have a ‘certain limitations’ because of various factors.

 (With inputs from The Hindu)

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