Telangana IT and Panchayat Raj Minister KT Rama Rao appealed IT professionals in Hyderabad to exercise their voting rights in the upcoming GHMC elections. The minister asked IT professionals to come out in large number to cast their votes on the polling day and make it successful in terms of turnout. He was addressing the technocrats in the event organised by the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) in the Phoenix Avance Business Hub on Wednesday.
KT Rama Rao said that the IT growth in Hyderabad is more than the overall growth of the industry at a national level. “The overall IT growth in India was 13 per cent, but the annual IT growth in Telangana was close to 16 per cent. We will continue to take up expansion in the IT field,” he said.
The minister said that the T-Hub earned Telangana a global reputation as a start-up friendly state. He also announced that the work on second phase of T-Hub would begin in February.
In an attempt to motivate techies and their families to participate in the upcoming municipal elections, the TITA has rolled out ‘Awaz Do Hyderabad – Awaz Do Techies’ campaign to encourage IT professionals to cast their votes in the upcoming elections.
“Hyderabad has close to four lakh employees working in the IT sector. However, the average polling percentage during elections among the IT workforce is being projected as less than 30 per cent. We are pretty sure that the ‘Awaz Do Hyderabad – Awaz Do Techies’ campaign will change the scenario in the upcoming election and this time around there will be a definite improvement in the turnout”, said, Sandeep Kumar Makthala, president of TITA.
Close to 1,000 IT professionals from a host of companies participated in the interactive session with the IT Minister. While lauding the government’s initiatives like T-Hub and police patrolling in IT corridor, the IT employees demanded better skill development facilities in educational institutes. KT Rama Rao assured all kinds of support to the IT professionals for the inclusive growth of the IT industry in the state.