The government is likely to float 'request for proposals' for its rural BPO scheme later this month.
The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) is in process of getting the necessary approvals to invite bids, a department official told ET.
Indian BPO Promotion Scheme (IBPS) is an ambitious programme of the Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as a part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government's 'Digital India' plan. The programme aims at making available job opportunities to youths in semi-urban areas.
The DeitY also needs approval from the Election Commission as elections have been announced in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry.
The bidder, according to rules, should have achieved a minimum average annual turnover of Rs 5 crore during last three fiscal years and must be a registered entity in India under the Companies Act of 1956 or the 2013 amended Act.
The government has allocated seats in each state as per 2011 census ratio. Uttar Pradesh will have a maximum number of job openings with 8,800 BPO seats, followed by Bihar with 4,600 seats.
The scheme will cover a capital cost for networking equipment, computing devices, servers with OS, software and hardware licensing and data storage systems for companies operating in the $143-billion strong Indian IT-BPO industry.
US-based contact centre technology provider Avaya has also shown interest in partnering with the government in the rural BPO scheme and is willing to offer cost-effective cloud-based solutions for call centres in tier- III and IV locations.