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Since a while now, Bihar IT Association (BITA) has been demanding for a

separate IT Minister for the state. Though Nitish Kumar, CM, Bihar, was the IT

minister of the state, the association claimed that due to his busy schedule it

was difficult to meet him. According to PK Sinha, Treasurer, BITA, this was

creating a lot of problems for them. “It was difficult for us to get an

appointment with the CM as he was very busy with other work. We had to wait

endlessly for our turn. We had put forward this demand for a separate IT

Minister to the government and finally they have agreed to it,” he said. The

government has appointed Anil Kumar as the new IT Minister of the state. Kumar

was earlier the Science and Technology Minister of Bihar.


Showing his pleasure, Sinha said, “We are very happy with the decision, and

will have the whole new set-up for the IT department. We can have one-to-one

discussions with the Minister. Now the state will be able to play an active role

in India's economic development.”

The association has also announced the dates of its first IT expo in Bihar,

which will be held from May 30 to June 2 at Gandhi Maidan, Patna. The IT fair

will be fully air-conditioned and will be managed by Center for Carrier

Information and Counseling. It will be open to visitors from 12pm to 8pm. With a

view to make Bihar a preferred destina­tion for IT business and industry, the

state government has decided to offer special incentives to attract vendors to

the state.

“Events like this will provide a platform to IT industry professionals for

business transactions, product launches and marketing. This will also create an

awareness about the government IT policies to IT industry and general public,”

informed Sinha.

Products that will be profiled are hardware, computer systems, peripherals,

storage devices, input devices, power supply devices, networking products,

remote access servers (RAS), system software, database management, SAP and ERP

solutions, networking techno­logies and telecom equipment.

Taking about the event, Sinha said that apart from partners, the event is

targeted at engineering and medical colleges, para­medical institutions,

business schools, job-oriented courses. Around 2,00,000 visitors are expected at

the expo.