There is an old saying:
” If Mohamed cannot go to Mountain , let Mountain go to Mohamed ”
In today’s internet era , an equivalent would be :
” If people cannot go to where jobs are , let jobs go to where people live ”
Remember , in 2015 , it is much easier / cheaper to import ” digital service ” based jobs into India , then to export people to foreign countries , where they will face a lot of resistance / animosity from local citizens
Call Canters / BPO / RPO / LPO / KPO ….any PO ( Process Outsourcing )
May be this is what was in the mind of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad ( Minister for Communication and Information Technology ) , when he proposed setting up of 480 Call Centers ( @ 100 seats each )
As per Minister ,
> These will be set up in smaller towns
> These will be distributed State-Population wise
> Union Government will give Rs 1 lakh subsidy per seat
> Established Company will hand-hold a local entrepreneur for setting up the Call Center
> Local entity can be an agency ,society ,individual ,partnership ,Company
> State Governments will need to provide electricity / security
> Center will soon issue call for expression of interest
But with 100 persons working in each shift , that would generate employment for only ,
480*100*3 = 1,44,000 youth
And we have 12 million people joining our work force every year !
Can we find ways to generate in small towns , millions of jobs for 3.5 million students graduating from our colleges , each year ?
It is possible , with following ” OUT OF THE BOX ” thinking :
India boasts of over 1.3 million schools . These school buildings are occupied for only 8/10 hours per day
Let Government frame rules which encourage these school-buildings to turn into Call Centers after 5 pm
For a 100 seat Center , Government is planning to give a subsidy of Rs 100 lakhs
If 25 % of this subsidy is passed onto a school , it will be happy to lease out its premises to a Call Center
Under ” Digital India ” program , let Union Government provide a 100 Mb broadband connection to each such ” School-cum- Call Center ” , free of cost
That will also help the students to freely access digital education content throughout the day
# BLACK MONEY
Launch an Amnesty Scheme under which black money is permitted to be invested into setting up such Call Centers
No questions asked as to the source . No penalty to be paid . No income tax on earnings for 10 years
There can be no better way to put these money to a mainstream and productive use !
All that debate of ” Rewarding ” the tax-evaders while ” Penalizing ” the honest tax payers , is merely academic
India’s problems are unlikely to be solved by academicians !
These can be solved , only by pragmatists !
Luck happens when ” preparedness ” meets ” opportunity ”
My suggestions will prepare us to make 21st Century , an Indian Century !
27 July 2015