Maharashtra unveils start-up, cloud policies

The Maharashtra government announced its State Innovation and Start-up Policy on 17 January 2018, aiming to generate five lakh jobs in the next five years. It also revealed its public cloud policy, which targets $2 billion opportunity for the industry. For a start, it has asked its departments to shift its data storage onto the cloud.

A senior State government official said it would create a $2-billion opportunity for the industry as every single State government department uses data storage based on physical devices. The Fadnavis government had formed a four-member committee to draft a policy framework on cloud usage two months ago, which submitted a policy document that’s being now adopted as the public cloud policy.

The policy is likely to be formally set in motion through a detailed government resolution. In the next 20 days, five to six top cloud service providers like Amazon or Microsoft will be empanelled, the official said. The State Innovation and Start-up Policy was cleared by the State Cabinet on 17 January 2018. The policy will be applicable till 2022. The objectives of the policy are to attract ₹5,000 crore investment in the development of incubation and start-ups.

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