E-commerce companies which together could generate about 10 lakh jobs are expected to come up in the state in five years. The state government is expecting creation of 65.8 lakh new jobs in the I-T sector, including e-commerce, in five years if the Centre’s ITIR project comes through. Of these, there will be 15.4 lakh direct jobs in the I-T sector and 50.4 lakh indirect jobs.
I-T secretary Jayesh Ranjan said about 15 per cent of all expected I-T jobs would be generated in this sector. Senior vice-president Vennum Anil Reddy of the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry pointed out that jobs in the I-T sector required technical knowledge but jobs in the e-commerce sector would require skills on the particular subject and communication.
“Non-technical jobs will be generated by the e-commerce sector. An unemployed Intermediate pass-out with good English can get a chance in the e-commerce sector,” he said. Mr B.V.R.Mohan Reddy, ex-chairman of Nasscom, the National Association of Software and Services Companies, told this newspaper that the e-commerce sector would generate jobs from production to delivery of a product. “TS has good scope for the e-commerce industry. The state has good infrastructure and industry friendly policies,” he said.
The TS government has prepared a draft retail policy for the e-commerce industry which is awaiting the CM’s approval. It would treat the e-commerce sector as an industry and provide all the incentives that the industrial sector enjoys.