IT SME Association

Today was the second AGM of our association – ITSME Association at Hotel Savera. The association was formed by an energetic team of SME entrepreneurs from Chennai a few years back. The aim of the association is to provide a collective voice for the unique set of challenges that threaten the growth of Small and medium IT companies in India; learn from best practices and foster a community.

A new team of Executive Committee took charge today under the leadership of Mr V.Subramanian as President, Mr Ananth Seshan as Vice President, and Mrs Sarada Ramani as Treasurer. I wish them all the best in their efforts this year.

Today’s AGM was followed by a special business session with a talk by Mr P.W.C.Davidar IAS, IT Secretary to the Government of Tamilnadu. Mr Davidar gave a good talk on the efforts of the Tamilnadu government for the IT industry in general and in particular handling the present global meltdown. I was surprised to see a down-to-earth and pragmatic talk by a government bureaucrat. Few highlights of his talk:

  • Govt. of Tamil Nadu with Elcot as the nodal agency for all E-Governance project / IT procurement has lowered the entry barrier to allow SMEs to easily participate in the bids. For example, it is now allowed for a Rs.30 Lakh turnover firm to bid for a Rs.10 Lakh tender and so on.
  • Govt. is looking favourably at specialized firms with niche expertise (for each project) as an important criterion while awarding projects rather than blindly going for larger firms
  • All tenders on the Elcot website are fully administered electronically, all bid openings can be accessed from anywhere in the world through the website
  • Many of the SEZs in Tier-2, and Tier-3 cities in Tamilnadu getting good responses. The lands are now allocated in lots as low as 2 Acres. The government has realized that smaller allocation makes better use of the land and more employment
  • Talked about the Citizen Computer Centres that Tamilnadu Govt. is setting in various parts of the state; for the success of those and to be self-sustaining economically it is important those franchisees have Entrepreneurial skills apart from the Technical prerequisites. Govt. has provided these centres with thousands of URLs of central & state government services that are now available over the web
  • Five districts have been declared as e-districts, where all the government functions/communications will be in digital format and appropriate connectivity is being setup
  • Due to global melt-down, there are thousands of floor spaces of IT offices are lying vacant in Chennai and other places, to help these be sold/leased and to provide a marketplace for them and for businesses from outside the state to set up business here easily, Elcot is building a web service to be released soon.
    Mr P.W.C.Davidar IAS, IT Secretary to the Government of Tamilnadu

    Mr P.W.C.Davidar IAS, IT Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu

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