I saw ur message stating that US companies are sending their unwanted work 2 india.Americans are generally lazy, and do not like routine & strenous jobs.But look at the positive side - This American attitude provide a great oppurtunity for a place like Kerala with a situation of high educated unemployment.Till now, keralites were forced to go to gulf countries and work under harsh conditions with no complaints.An engineer friend of mine had gone to dubai a decade ago after getting a good job.After landing in dubai,the company told him that the earlier promised job was filled and he was given a post of a machine technician with low wages, a job that only needed a diploma education.He had to work in this post for more than an year as the company had his passport and he had no other option.
Today the companies in gulf are find it much more difficult to get qualified technical personnel from kerala, and this had led to better salary & working conditions for them.If the projects like Smart city come up,there will be better prospects for keralites due to the favourable demand supply condition.
A major concern being raised by the common man is that the projects like smart city will only favour the rich and the technically educated.This is due to an ignorance of the power of Information Technology.The traditional malayali attitude is of opposing anything new, without understanding how the same can be used to improve their lives.I had the oppurtunity of visiting a small BPO unit in a suburb of Kochi recently.The unit was run in a small one room apartment, and was engaged in providing accounting and taxation services to an accounting firm in USA.There were just two employees, and i found that they were doing high quality services like preparation of US tax returns.I enquired about the rationnale of the accounting firms decision to outsource their work.The partner of the firm told me that the cost of employing an accountant in US was over 10 times the cost of emplying an accountant here.The cost savings of outsourcing has enabled the US firm to be more competitive,reduce billing rates & provide better services to their clients.Since theirs was a small accounting firm,they could not approach the big consultants like Accenture.A NRI friend of the american accountant saw the oppurtunity and he acted as a negotiator between the american accountant and the kerala firm.
It was at this point that I saw the power of IT to change our lives.I imagined how IT could be utilized to make a change in the lives of the thousands of our graduates who are intelligent, but are forced to work for low wages due to the lack of oppurtunities.The people working in this BPO were ordinary graduates, but were earning good salaries(above Rs.7000 p.m) and having work satisfaction.It also showed a good entreprenurial oppurtunity as opening such a firm requires very little capital investment(only needs qualified & intelligent manpower).Such a firm could be opened anywhere, even in small cities like Vaikom or Angamali as it needs only a good internet connection,low investment in technology & qualified manpower.
I am of the opinion that Atchudanandan is the best possible candidate for Cheif ministership in Kerala.I also agree with many of his viewpoints like the need to transfer ownership of infopark to DIC.But I am of the opinion that people like him should take a long term view.Even if those guys at DIC are interested in real estate and make huge profits, a project like smart city could make IT companies to notice Kerala and its manpower.The people would also realize the power of IT to change their lives.We are already behind other states in the race for IT.Smart city provides a golden oppurtunity to Kerala to make up for its past mistakes.