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Policy Framework

IT Vision-2010

Chandigarh Administration declared its I.T. Policy in April 2000 to promote the application of Information Technology for the benefit of the residents of Chandigarh, by implementing e-Governance and by promoting investment in the field of technology, for generating employment. The IT Enabled Service Policy of Chandigarh Administration was announced in January 2003 in order to promote the IT Enabled Service/BPO sector, which is growing at a rapid rate. Training tie-ups, upgradation of educational facilities and promotion of IT infrastructure were emphasized in this policy.

Full text of the policy

SEZ Policy

Chandigarh administration lays great importance on the promotion of industry to achieve the objectives of employment generation, enhancing exports and provide a boost the economy of the state in general.

Chandigarh administration promotes the setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which are seen as industrial/IT habitats wherein investing companies can receive single window clearance and are able to avail the benefits as per the SEZ policy of the Government of India.

Over the years, Chandigarh has enabled itself to be a rich human resource centre, which is a prerequisite for growth and setting up of any modern industry particularly, information technology, information technology enabled services, and business process outsourcing and other service sector units. In order to provide employment in sufficient numbers to the qualified and employable youth of Chandigarh, Special Economic Zones (SEZ) is being promoted by the administration.

Full text of the policy (.pdf)

ITES policy 2003

Vision of the policy

To accelerate the Economic growth of Chandigarh by leveraging the potential for IT and ITES in the city, and creating a competitive knowledge base for sustaining the growth of the industry.

Policy Incentives

The following initiatives would be undertaken to create a favourable regulatory environment for ITES companies:

  • The companies would be allowed to operate for 24 hours a day and 365 days an year.
  • A Single Window interface for all necessary clearances would be set up. The following departments/offices would be part of the Single Window Interface.
    • The Office of the Finance Secretary-Chandigarh Administration
    • The Department of IT
    • The Engineering Department including the Electricity Department
    • Department of Labour
    • Urban Planning and Architecture
  • The ITES sector would be exempted from the Chandigarh Pollution Control Act except in relation to power generation sets. Self-certification under different labour laws and legislation shall be made applicable to the ITES companies, as per norms formulated by the Department of Labour.

Full text of the policy

Biotechnology Policy

The vision of the Chandigarh administration is to give an impetus to the economy and human resources of the Union Territory of Chandigarh by realizing the potential of biotechnology. The goal is to spread awareness among the public about the benefits of biotechnology to create a large pool of personnel with skills in different aspects of biotechnology, and to develop processes, designs, compounds, equipments and solutions which have applications in the field of agriculture, industry, food & nutrition, medicine, pharmaceuticals, health services and environmental sciences.

Biotechnology Mission

Chandigarh Administration shall work towards achieving the following goals within a definite time frame:

  • Make Chandigarh a preferred biotechnology destination.
  • Promote the biotechnology industry in Chandigarh
  • Provide facilities to biotech companies by the development of biotech laboratories.
  • Enhance the growth of the biotechnology sector by utilizing the services of biotech professionals.
  • Create employment for trained biotech professionals and other qualified personnel in Chandigarh and the region.
  • Invite technology leaders worldwide to avail of Chandigarh's biotech facilities.
  • Actively facilitate networking amongst biotech organizations and universities and colleges offering biotechnology, bio-physics, bio-chemistry, Nanotechnology and bio -informatics.
  • Encourage education and training of skilled professionals in biotechnology and related fields.
  • Facilitate investment in biotechnology, health services, pharmaceutical research, medical education and related sectors by providing the required infrastructure and policy framework.

Full text of the policy

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Chandigarh Industrial & Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

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