MICHAEL VAZ, MERCES
TELANGANA, the youngest state in the country, has completed three years this month. The remarkable feature of this new state, which has set a benchmark for the rest of the country, is that it has earned the coveted distinction of being the leader in ease of doing business, which is made possible through a series of policies and initiatives making it a destination for a host of international and national corporate companies. It boasts of the highest revenue growth rate in the country. Notably it is the global IT hub, and the IT exports for the last financial year have crossed Rs 1 lakh crore. Telangana is home to over 1300 IT companies and provides employment for more than 4 lakh IT professionals. It’s much applauded industrial policy offers single window clearance within 15 days of application. In a nutshell it reflects the effective measures that have been initiated by the visionaries to promote business in the state bringing prosperity to the people at large. The moment is apt for our leaders to do some introspection on the state of affairs prevailing in our Goa. Let us talk about the IT policy that was unveiled as early as 2005 and even an IT hub was earmarked. But as is typical of the Goan ethos there was rampant opposition from all quarters for reasons best known to the noisemakers. Understandably, any polluting industry forms the bane and is justified for opposing but IT is absolutely pollution free but as we know there are no tangible answers when sanity fails. After a lot of unease the IT policy was laid to rest after being in vacillation for 10 years and we are only told that a new policy is being drafted and so on. As for the ease of doing business in the state we are well aware how an MLA came with his henchmen at the then IT habitat in Dona Paula and thrashed the innocent workers who had to run for their lives. Next, we aim of making Goa a knowledge hub and want the best educational institutes to be set up, sans allocation of land. The NIT-Goa that was set up in 2010 is still waiting for a suitable site and we are now told that the land would be handed over at Cuncolim. Only time will tell whether it would see the light of day. As for IIT-Goa that was set up a year ago, there is no clarity on land allocation, as the residents in Canacona are irked over the incoming Institute. Great going indeed!