File photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu (l) shaking hands with erstwhile Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam during the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in New Delhi on April 5, 2015. (AFP | Getty Images)

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“Chennai has become a hub for IT and ITeS. Over 50 multi-national companies are having their global facilities in Chennai. Software exports have grown steadily at around 10-12% per annum and are expected to have touched Rs. 95,000 crore in 2015-16,” said Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, presenting the budget for the financial year 2016-17, in Chennai.

Stating that the government has been providing support for the growth of IT industry, he said, various companies—Honeywell, HCL Technologies, Zoho Corporation, Syntel Ltd were establishing their facilities in Southern Tamil Nadu.

On the provision of free laptop scheme, one of the pet schemes of AIADMK government, Panneerselvam said the scheme will continue and 5.35 lakh students will be provided with laptops in current financial year.

For the information technology department, he said, “a sum of Rs. 890 crore is provided for this scheme in revised budget estimates.”