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ITAO gets new office bearers

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In the backdrop of the

impending IT expo in Bhubaneswar, proposed this month by IT

Association of Orissa ( href="https://www.dqweek.com/itao-settles-credit-with-hp">ITAO),

the trade body has elected a new team

of office bearers completing its norm of annual elections. The

elections were held on January 25, at Hotel HHI following the

customary AGM of ITAO. Manoj Patra of Info World has been selected as

the President for this year followed by Sukant Mohanty of Linker as

the VP and Sunil Panda of System World as the Treasurer.

However, Dayananda Ratho

of Cyber Software and Services continues to remain in the same

portfolio, ie, as the Secretary of ITAO for the third consecutive

term. “The elections were held

on a nomination basis, as we normally do not opt for the open ballot

system. Selection for office bearers were done by filing nomination

before the elections and a consecutive selection by our members,”

Mohanty said while discussing about the electoral procedure.

Besides the selection of

the office bearers, the association has also finalized its Executive

Board (EB) comprising of 20 members on February 5. Speaking over the

composition of the EB, Ratho said, “The EB comprises of both new

entrants, as well as old ones, to give it a fair look. Besides this,

the mix of the new members and the old ones will give a fair chance

to the new ones to learn and execute crucial things with the guidance

of the seniors.”

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With the new office

bearers and the new EB in place, ITAO has identified key focus areas

for the association this CY and has framed the EB to cater to its

needs. “The key focus of the EB is business development in the area

and a forum within the EB has been made to address trade

developmental issues across Orissa. There is also a forum for the

development of ITAO which will identify the key areas for us to

improve upon,” Mohanty said.

Besides, a dedicated

sub-board for the IT expo has been selected, which will exclusively

work over the awaiting IT expo and will also advice, as well as

execute new ones. Also, an events and sports committee has been

selected to organize fun events and sports activities for the

members.

However, this time, two

new sub-bodies have been framed by the organization in accordance to

the new demands and needs of the area. A zealous committee to address

trade issues and related internal ITAO issues to the state government

has been selected with the target of getting patronage from the

government and the nodal body.

Besides, with ITAO

planning for long, to expand its horizons across Orissa upcountry and

increase its membership base in the state, another body to focus on

remote areas for IT promotions has been selected. “As part of our

plan to enhance our progress and cater to the new market demands,

this tenure, we will be taking up the issue to reach out to the

common man in various means possible and not just remain another IT

association,” Mohanty added. With this unique thought process taken

up recently, ITAO is yet to finalize the course of action to bring

the common man under its hood.

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