New IT policy by next year in Maharashtra:Deshmukh

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Mumbai, Aug 20 (UNI) Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the new IT policy will be implemented in the state from next January.

Deshmukh also stressed the need to increase the IT circle even in rural areas of the state.

Speaking at a function after giving away the state information technology awards, organised by state government and All India association of industries, Mr Deshmukh said the new policy would give more stress on grooming animation experts.

He said that Mumbai-Pune-Thane is fast emerging as the IT corridor and now efforts need to increase the IT base in rural areas.

He asked the Industries minister Ashok Chavan to offer some concessions to the IT parks, which are establishing their foot in rural areas of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Chavan said ''The state is leading in IT sector in the country and the use of IT in terrorism and the suicides by IT workers is a matter of concern for the government.'' On the occasion, 22 companies were given awards, out of which seven companies were from Pune district, which is the IT hub of the state.

Bureaucrats, consul generals of various countries and AIAI president Vijay Kalantri were also present on the occasion.

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