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SITA elects new office-bearers for 2003-04

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Unveils

code of conduct; plans insurance scheme

South

Gujarat Information and Technology Association (SITA) announced its new

committee and unveiled its new code of conduct for its members in its AGM held

on July 5. Paresh Bookseller is the new president of SITA. The rest of the

committee includes Hiten Shah as Vice President, Bharat Gandil as Honorary

Secretary, Kaushal Chokshi as Joint Secretary, Chetan Desai as Joint Secretary,

Jwalant Shroff as Treasurer, and Bhavesh Tailor as Joint Treasurer.

The

outgoing President Deepak Shethwala also unveiled the achievements of SITA for

the year 2002. "In terms of achievements, SITA was able to convince vendors

like Microsoft and HP to stop pressurizing the channel to sell high volumes and

to conduct more amount of promotional schemes. We were also able to assist the

newly formed association ABITA (Ankleshwar and Bharuch Information Technology

Association) to set up its initial activities."

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He

added, "And in terms of profits SITA has been able to make Rs 7 lakh and

above from its annual PC Expo. The net income the association has been able to

make is approximately Rs 3 lakh."

At

the AGM, the new President also announced his new plans, "This year at SITA

there will be programs conducted for the upliftment of the members. Instead of

being just a PC Expo association, SITA wants to provide its members knowledge so

that they can enhance their business. The channel must look at getting into

value-added services, facilities management and BPO. There are a lot of leading

organizations looking at India to set up call centers, back office set-ups and

CRM solutions.

Improving

of payment cycle from the end-user which will even help out the channel

partner."

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He

added, "Money saving schemes must be taught to the channel so that they can

control their overheads and also increase efficiency. Improve relationship with

vendors, increase knowledge on VAT and other tax reforms, encourage local

educational institutes to introduce skilled manpower for the industry, work

towards forming a national association and conducting PC Expo 2004."

At

the AGM the association also unveiled its code of conduct. This was already

planned by SITA to introduce the code of conduct in the third week of June. This

code of conduct was formed by a special committee consisting of four

members--Deepak Shethwala (Past President), Brijesh Khanna (Past President),

Chetan Shah, and Kamlesh Yagnik.

The

code of conduct will be distributed amongst all the members of the association.

It would mainly contain general moral imperatives, specific professional

responsibilities, organizational leadership imperatives and finally compliance

with the code.

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Said

Khanna, "We can make our members follow these but not force them because

these are guidelines and not law. Members would soon realize that by following

these guidelines they would become ready to face other competitive

markets."

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AR-SA">The new committee also announced its plans of supporting the members by

introducing insurance schemes. "This will be essentially for people who

have to travel a lot while providing services to the clients. In these cases 50

percent will be borne by the company and 50 percent borne by SITA. We are in

talks with insurance companies presently," revealed Bookseller.

Nancy

Sudheer

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