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Information Technology Department was in the process of adapting artificial intelligence and block chain applications to the requirements of various departments, R. B. Udhayakumar, Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, and IT, said on Thursday.

A platform will be created for brilliant minds to utilise their expertise for the progress of Tamil Nadu with the active involvement of Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr. Udhayakumar said, inaugurating ‘Tirch- E-Connect 2019 – Connecting Tiruchi to IT World,’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry, Tiruchi Zone, here.

Tamil Nadu had attracted investments to the tune of ₹ 11,974 crore in IT/ITES sector at the Global Investors Meet, the Minister said, adding that exports in the sector had risen to ₹1.39 lakh crore in 2018-19 compared to ₹1.27 lakh crore in the previous year. An Electronics Hardware Manufacturing Policy drafted by Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) was under consideration of the Government, Mr. Udhayakumar said.

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Encouraging entrepreneurs to take a plunge into manufacturing products rather than making components, Santhosh Babu, Principal Secretary to Government, IT Department, said that 10% of the space in the IT Parks developed by ELCOT will be allotted for start-ups.

Strong road and rail connectivity in Tiruchi has to be subsumed into the vision to transform the city into a manufacturing hub. The idea was to prevent migration of job-seekers to Chennai. The capacity to absorb 15,000 graduating students every year into jobs has to be created.

The higher bandwidth connectivity the IT Department was working towards will be an enabling factor, Mr. Santhosh Babu said, and assured that the Department will facilitate enterprises to enter into Memorandum of Understanding with other entities.

M. Vijayakumar, Managing Director, ELCOT, also addressed the gathering of industrialists and prospective entrepreneurs.

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