Union minister for Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad launched BPO centre in Patna run by Tata Consultancy services under the new policy for incentivising BPO employment in smaller towns by central government.
“India BPO promotion scheme aims at providing 48,300 seats in small towns of India and is expected to generate 1.6 lakh jobs in small towns. A number of BPOs under the scheme are ready to start functioning. The Hon’ble Prime Minister is going to launch one thousand seats BPO set up by TCS in Varanasi shortly to be followed by another BPO in Nasik,” said Prasad.
The minister said that the 1000 seat business processing center in Patna under Digital India Program will not only help in furthering investment environment in Patna but also catalyze economic activity in an around the capital of Bihar.
Till now over 70 companies have been declared successful set up BPO/ITES operations for around 50,000 seats distributed around 60 locations in 90 States and 2 Union territories, he informed.
“As far as Bihar is concerned a total of 4,600 seats have been allotted and so far 1,910 seats have been allocated to 10 successful companies. The scheme will generate about 5,760 employment opportunities and on the completion of initiatives in the State nearly 14,000 jobs will be created, he added.
With an outlay of ₹493 crore the scheme includes capital support of up to ₹1 lakh per seat with special incentive of 5% for promoting local entrepreneur, another 5% of providing employment of women, 2% for providing employment to persons with disability. The scheme has special incentives of 10% for providing employment beyond target and 5% for setting up operations other than State capital.
The government has also launched north east BPO promotion scheme under Digital India Program to incentivise setting up of 5000 seats in North eastern region. Till date, 1,460 seats have been allocated in the region covering states of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, said government.