The India BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS) which has been introduced to set up Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) facilities in rural areas has been allocating seats to all the states. Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to have used up all these seats.
Under the scheme, about 2200 seats were allocated to the state. However, on demands from various companies, an additional 850 seats were allocated. According to a senior official of Software Technology Parks of India, the agency which is responsible for implementing the scheme, all the seats that were allotted to AP have been filled up. He added that the response to the scheme in the state has been quite good and that there are provisions to allocate additional seats.
On the basis of the population percentage that came forth in the Census 2011, the scheme aims at creating 48300 BPO seats across all the states and union territories of India. However, the metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad, National Capital Region, Kolkata, Pune and other urban areas have been excluded from this scheme. The official site of the project reveals that 18160 seats have already been allocated.
Under the Digital India scheme, IBPS has been approved by the Central Government. Directions have been given to create about 150000 job opportunities and to promote the operations of BPOs/ITes across India. According to experts this would lead to the balanced growth of the country while also guaranteeing an outlay of INR 493 crores.
The scheme offers financial support and incentives that amount up to INR 1 lakh which is offered in the form of VGF aka Viability Gap Funding. Proposals have come in from about 15 companies including Omega Healthcare and Karvy Data Management Services to establish BPOs in AP.