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‘Govt IT spending in India to reach $7.2 bn in 2015’

Emphasis on 'Digital India' initiative and use of technology to deliver citizen services are expected to help IT spending in the government sector in India to grow five per cent to touch $7.2 billion in 2015, research firm Gartner on Sunday said.

For the ongoing year, government IT spending is on pace to total $6.6 billion, Gartner said in a statement.

The forecast includes spending by the government sector (of state, regional and central government agencies) on internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.

‘IT services, which includes consulting, implementation, IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing, will be the largest overall IT government spending category through 2018,’ Gartner Research Director Anurag Gupta said.

IT services are expected to grow 10.9 per cent in 2014 to reach $1.8 billion in 2015, up from $1.6 billion in 2014, with business process outsourcing segment growing 22 per cent during 2014, 
he added. Internal services, which refers to salaries and benefits paid to information services staff of an organisation, is expected to grow 9.9 per cent in 2014.

The information services staff includes all company employees that plan, develop, implement and maintain information systems.
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