[fosscomm] India's Draft Policy on Open Standards foreGovernance : Review Comments and Last Minute Drama

Jaijit Bhattacharya jaijit at dms.iitd.ac.in
Tue Jul 7 12:49:52 PDT 2009


Dear All,

The ball is no longer with Aruna Chaba, Technical Director.

The 3 key people/organizations are :
1. Secretary IT, secretary at mit.gov.in
2. NASSCOM: chairman at nasscom.in
3. Mait: Vinnie Mehta <vinnie at mait.com>
4. From media perspective, Harsimran Julka <harsimran.julka at gmail.com>

Please direct all your communications to these four people.

Thanks !
Jaijit

> vinay ವಿನಯ್ wrote:
>> Dear All,
>>
>> As you may already be aware, DIT released a draft policy on open
>> standards for eGovernance-
>> http://egovstandards.gov.in/Policy_Open_Std_review
>
> The latest version (v2) of the draft is available through the Fosscomm
> wiki: <http://fosscomm.in/OpenStandards>.
>
>> The last date for review comments to be sent is 07 July 2009. Requesting
>> members to please review the standards document and send in your
>> feedback over the next few days. (the site says the document is closed
>> for public review, but actually the last date for review comments is
>> July 7, 2009)
>
> Earlier last week, I had written to the Technical Director responsible
> for the open standards policy asking her whether a second public
> response would be sought on the newer draft (which has not been
> published on the e-governance standards portal).  She replied in the
> negative.
>
> But since the newer draft is available with us now, I suggest people
> should still write in supporting the government's thrust towards open
> standards in e-governance and the very progressive policy that has been
> drafted, while warning it against giving in to the demands of NASSCOMM
> which the pro-FOSS industry people have written about.
>
>> Please mail your review comments to - dg at nic.in and
>> egov.standards at nic.in
>>
>> Also,there seems to be some last minute drama with some requests going
>> in for  'multiple standards', thus defeating the whole point of this
>> exercise.
>>
>> Venky Hariharan has articulated well on this issue at -
>> http://osindia.blogspot.com/2009/07/last-minute-dramas-around-around-open.html
>>
>>
>> Please do read that entry.
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Vinay.
>>
>>
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