Recently it was published in Hindustan.com newspaper that in the midst of an economic disappointment due to the lockdown, IT companies based in Dehradun have exported Rs 23 crore overseas. The lockdown has increased the work of IT companies.
There are 13 IT companies operating in the IT Park in Dehradun. Under the Software Technology Park of India (STPI), all the above companies are export units, that generally have their client base mainly in the US and Europe. Along with this, there are around two dozen domestic IT companies in Uttarakhand. Ninety percent of the IT companies are currently working from their home due to the lockdown and maintaining the pace of work.
Meanwhile, all the companies have submitted export bills of about Rs 23 crore (for the work done between March 20 and April 30) to STPI for verification. Most companies in Dehradun work on e-books, back office management, Customer relations, GPS data, Web development for which about 28 hundred workers are employed. Online teaching solution is also getting popular with the closure of the school.
One of the leading Dehradun-based IT company, Cynoteck Technology Solutions Pvt. Ltd. , CEO Mr. Udit Handa says that he implemented work from home even before the lockdown started, therefore, he didn’t have to face much problems later. He further adds that in Dehradun internet speed is fine in most places except the outer areas which make work from home more feasible for the employees. He says that some of the projects from the countries that are severely affected due to coronavirus are at a slow pace, other projects are working fine. He also says that he and his team is optimistic for the future
Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General STPI, says that Uttarakhand-based IT companies have submitted 309 software export forms during the lockdown period, showing a total export of Rs 22.90 crore. In the financial year 2018-19, IT export from Uttarakhand was around 150 crores, which is a good report from the small state. STPI has also waived four months rent from the companies to support during the crisis.
According to STPI, the nodal agency, total IT exports in Uttarakhand is growing at a rate of 12 percent annually. The educational and peaceful atmosphere of the state is considered to be favorable for IT companies.
RK Sudhanshu, Secretary IT, Uttarakhand says that IT services have been put in essential service from day one. The administration has also asked to keep better coordination with IT companies.