The ministry of Electronics and Communication announced updates on its two BPO schemes which are going to create a lot of employment in the rural areas of the country. The two schemes are the India BPO Promotion Scheme and the North East BPO Promotion Scheme. These schemes come with an incentive of 1 lakh for the service provider and the disbursement of payment is linked with employment generation.
Many of the countries are moving towards cheaper countries for their voice over call services and these updates can be helpful to retain India’s cost arbitrage. The initial success of the schemes is called “a text book case of digital inclusion being achieved” by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The major highlights of the scheme are:
- The companies will have to bid for seats. So far 18160 seats have been allocated to 87 companies in 19 states and union territories and 76 units have started operations on 13480 seats.
- It has created a total employment of 10297 persons. Moreover, the IT and ITes direct employment has proved to generate two to three times indirect jobs.
- The small town in the list are Patna and Muzaffarpur in Bihar, Baddi and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, Sagar in Madhya Pradesh, Jaleshware in Orissa, Kottakuppam, Tiruchirappalli, and Tiruppattur in Tamil Nadu, Karimnagar in Telangana, Bhaderwah, Budgam, Jammu, Sopore and Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, Aurangabad, Bhiwandi, Sangli and Wardha in Maharashtra, Bareilly, Kanpur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
- The 5th round of bid was closed in November 2017. Further 68 companies submitted application for 17000 more seats, and the application is under evaluation.