The Telangana Minister for Industries and IT, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao launched four new sectoral policies, under their IT policy, in Hyderabad yesterday. The policies; Data Centres Policy, Open Data Policy, Cyber Security Policy and Data Analytics Policy; formulated by the state’s IT, E&C Department cover a number of emerging technologies and aim to bring sector-specific policies so as to position the State as a leader within the country.

Speaking on the occasion, KTR said, “Following the remarkable success of the ICT Policy Launch in April this year, the department has finalized allied policies on Data Centres, Open Data, Cyber Security, and Data Analytics, taking the count to a total of eight allied policies so far. Another two policies on IoT and Smart Technologies, and e-Waste Management will be released within two months, completing the entire stack of allied policies. I can proudly say that Telangana is the only State with such a comprehensive set of policies, which reflects the State’s clarity of vision and direction.”

Secretary, IT E&C Department Sri Jayesh Ranjan added that, “Telangana is the first state to rightly identify the need to move beyond traditional IT/ITeS and diversify into new and emerging technologies such as Data Centres, Open Data, Cyber Security, and Data Analytics. We are confident that these allied policies shall attract niche players from across the world and further solidify Telangana’s position as the front-runner in IT/ITeS and emerging technologies.”

Additionally, the Government of Telangana signed several MoUs with Cisco, Factly, DSCI, CtrlS, SCSC, NASSCOM, Cropdata Technology Private Limited. The areas covered under the agreements include deploying City Digital Platform (CDP), setting up of virtual video-based classrooms, digitization of important landmarks and monuments of Hyderabad, collaboration on open data initiative, developing a joint cyber security charter and a detailed execution plan, setting up of state of the art data centres, providing a cyber security response centre, cryptography and setting up of a Malware Research Centre, setting up of Data Sciences Center of Excellence, and providing reports of expected crop production and vulnerability.

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