[fosscomm] [Fwd: Position of Sun Microsystems on Draft Policy on e-GovernanceStandards, ver 2]

Jaijit Bhattacharya jaijit at dms.iitd.ac.in
Wed Jul 8 02:50:43 PDT 2009


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Subject: [Fwd: Position of Sun Microsystems on Draft Policy on
e-GovernanceStandards, ver 2] From:    "Jaijit Bhattacharya"
<Jaijit.Bhattacharya at Sun.COM>
Date:    Wed, July 8, 2009 3:08 pm
To:      "Jaijit Bhattacharya" <jaijit at dms.iitd.ac.in>
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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Position of Sun Microsystems on Draft Policy on e-Governance 
Standards, ver 2
Date: 	Wed, 08 Jul 2009 15:06:18 +0530
From: 	Jaijit Bhattacharya <jaijit.bhattacharya at sun.com>
To: 	secretary at mit.gov.in



Dear Mr Chandrashekhar,

Please refer to the request for Industry view in the minutes of the 
meeting of the Apex Body on Standards for eGovernance that was held on 
17th June 2009 at 11 AM in Centre for E-Governance, Department of 
Information Technology. We have received the same as part of the
consultative process initiated by MAIT.

However, Sun Microsystems, as a member of NASSCOM, would like to put on 
record that we do not subscribe to the views presented by NASSCOM in the 
aforementioned Apex Committee meeting and in the press. We are not aware 
of any consultative process that was initiated by NASSCOM to arrive at 
the position presented the Apex meeting. To the contrary, Sun
Microsystems believes that the Draft Policy on e-Governance Standards, 
ver 2.0 is an extremely well drafted policy evolved by the Government  and
the policy will help save valuable tax payer's money from being  wasted
and in creating sustainable e-governance assets. Such money can  then be
used to build social infrastructure such as schools and
hospitals. Specifically, we believe that adopting Multiple Standards in 
any way will greatly damage the critical e-governance infrastructure of 
the country and would also increase its vulnerability.

We also believe that adopting standards that are not Royalty free will 
compromise the Technological Sovereignty of the nation.

In addition, we would like to reiterate that Sun Microsystems was not 
consulted by NASSCOM before presenting NASSCOM's view on the Draft  Policy
on e-Governance standards.

With best regards
Jaijit Bhattacharya

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Position of Sun Microsystems on Draft Policy on e-Governance 
Standards, ver 2
Date: 	Wed, 08 Jul 2009 14:54:41 +0530
From: 	Jaijit Bhattacharya <jaijit.bhattacharya at sun.com>
To: 	chairman at nasscom.in
CC: 	Anil Valluri <Anil.Valluri at Sun.COM>



Dear Mr Som Mittal,

We understand that NASSCOM was invited to the  Second meeting of the  Apex
Body on Standards for eGovernance that was held on 17th June 2009  at 11
AM in Centre for E-Governance, Department of Information
Technology.  NASSCOM was represented by Mr. Rajdeep Shahrawat.

As per the minutes of the meeting, NASSCOM re-iterated in the above 
meeting that government should allow multiple standards in the Policy  for
Standards for eGovernance. NASSCOM being an Industry representative  body,
this view presented by NASSCOM at the above meeting is being  construed as
an industry view. However, we are not aware of a
consultative process with NASSCOM  members for evolving such a view. Sun 
Microsystems, a member of NASSCOM, was not consulted before such a view 
was presented at the meeting. We do not agree with the views presented  by
NASSCOM in above meeting.

In addition, Mr Rajdeep Sehrawat, VP, NASSCOM has mentioned in today's 
Delhi edition of Economic Times (July 8) that Nasscom supports Multiple 
Standards and that patent-free standard is not a good policy for the 
country. Sun Microsystems would like to put on record that as a member  of
NASSCOM, we disagree with the position that Rajdeep Sehrawat, VP  NASSCOM
has presented. In addition, we would like to put on record that  Sun
Microsystems is fully supportive of the Draft Policy on e-Governance 
Standards, ver 2.0, that the Government has evolved thus far.
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Also, we would like to know the process followed by NASSCOM as an 
Industry body to formulate the position that has been publicly expressed 
by Rajdeep Sehrawat, VP NASSCOM.*

In future, we would request NASSCOM to have an explicit consultative 
process before presenting a view that may be construed as the industry
view.

As recorded in the minutes of the meeting, the Secretary DIT and D G
(NIC) suggested that NASSCOM and MAIT should have an industry
consultation on the revised draft Policy and come out with a collective 
view ensuring that the objectives of open standards are fully met and 
achievable. Both the members i.e. NASSCOM & MAIT have agreed to do so  and
suggested to come back to DIT with the industry view by 7-8th July'09.


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