‘Limited budget impacting IT growth in Nagaland

‘Limited budget impacting IT growth in Nagaland
Kedo Nagi, the CEO of Ramietech Solutions speaking during the press conference at Kohima, Wednesday.
Kohima | Publish Date: 10/7/2020 1:42:26 PM IST

 Kedo Nagi, the CEO of Ramietech Solutions, an IT firm and software company based in Kohima said lack of budget was impacting the Information Technology (IT) growth in Nagaland and called upon government departments to increase IT spending budget and investments in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Kohima, the CEO emphasized on the need to empower the IT & CD department, the nodal agency for IT in the state.

To empower the local entrepreneurs, the state government needed to be empowered, he suggested.

“If the parent department (IT&CD) has budget constraint in the department, the scope is very low for local entrepreneurs like us” he said adding that due to the low budget, all the major infrastructure is hampered in the state.

He also called for the need to encourage local IT firms in the state adding that local firms know the local conditions and culture, so the solutions can be designed considering the unique local requirements.

He opined if the local firms are empowered and given the opportunity, local entrepreneurs can upgrade like any other IT firms.

He also pointed out the need for government to ensure reliable communication infrastructure including internet which is the main backbone of all digital platforms.

As an IT firm, he said “Our job is to demystify IT and digital platform to the masses and government”, but lamented that some departments don’t understand the advantages of IT and said their job is to create awareness and also give IT solutions.

He also addresses the need to create awareness so that people are more adept to the idea of digital solution which can transform the state.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the private businesses in the state have been heavily impacted with various challenges. The CEO also informed that the firm had to reduce manpower during the lockdown as they only work on project-oriented basis.

Avi Nagi, the co-founder of the firm said he along with his brother Kedo Nagi started an IT firm in 2012 with an objective to transform Nagaland by being effective enablers of IT and also to provide platform for Naga youth to secure respectable means of livelihood by providing viable employment opportunities.

He informed that the IT firm has been delivering services to clients such as digitalization of state museum, state library, district model library, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, cyber forensic lab for CCPWC (Nagaland Police), etc.

Business Development Manager, Ramietech Solutions, Richard Asoso opined that IT was still at an infant stage in Nagaland, which he viewed will become a necessity in every sphere of work.

He observed that there were ample opportunities in IT firms and without having to compete with other competitors, the firms can flourish.

“IT is here to stay in Nagaland and we should accept that” he said.

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