[fosscomm] Covering letter to FOSSCOMM position - for comments

prabir prabirp at gmail.com
Sun Jul 12 04:58:48 PDT 2009


2009/7/12 Guru गुरु <guru at itforchange.net>:
> Friends,
>
> I am providing the covering letter to DIT that will be sent along with
> FOSSCOMM position to DIT tomorrow. I request your comments on this covering
> letter by noon tomorrow and propose to email/fax the letter and the position
> statement to DIT by afternoon.
>
> When we send this letter, we need to give a physical address to which Govt
> can reply mail if they want to. Can Raj (or any of the 3) give his address
> for this purpose?
>
> Regards,
> Guru
>
> ****************
> 13th July, 2009
>
> To,
> Shri R Chandrashekar,
> Secretary (IT),
> Department of Information Technology,
> Ministry for Communications and IT,
> Government of India.
>
> Subject: FOSSCOMM's position on the “Draft Policy on Open Standards for
> e-Government”
Correct to e-Governance
>
> Dear Sir,
>
> FOSSCOMM, as a civil society alliance of organizations and individuals
> working to promote use of free and open source software (FOSS) in India,
> would like to place on record its appreciation for the Draft Open Standards
> Policy for e-Governance that has been created under the leadership of DIT,
> MCIT, Government of India. We believe this promises to be a landmark policy
> that will have far-reaching impact on e-governance in India.
>
> We understand that NASSCOM and MAIT in their latest comments on the Draft
> Policy on Open Standards for e-Government have sought the inclusion of
> multiple standards and royalty encumbered standards in the draft policy. We
> believe that these two recommendations, if accepted, will render the policy
> meaningless and nullify the two years of painstaking efforts taken by the
> committee to draft this progressive policy.
>
> As a part of its mandate, FOSSCOMM seeks to engage with software related
> policies of the governments as well as support programs that adopt FOSS.
> Members of FOSSCOMM include various kinds of social activists – from
> technologists interested in social areas to those primarily with a
> background in areas like knowledge, education and social development.
> FOSSCOMM has reviewed Version 2 of the policy that was tabled at the Second
> meeting of the Apex Body on Standards for eGovernance held on 17th June 2009
> and strongly support its recommendations that standards be royalty-free in
> perpetuity and that for a single domain, only a single standard should be
> used. We therefore request you to ensure that Version 2 of the Draft Policy
> is approved at the earliest without any dilution on the above account. Our
> position on this issue is being provided in some detail along with this
> letter.
>
> We also request that FOSSCOMM as a national civil society alliance be
> invited to be part of the Apex Committee that is drafting the policy. We
> would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Apex Committee does
> not have any representation from civil society but has multiple
> representatives from industry, on a issue that has very significant public
> interest implications. This goes against canons of participatory policy
> making followed by Indian Government and is also not in keeping with
> international commitments made by the Indian Government at various fora
> including at the World Summit on the Information Society.
>
> Please let us know if you need any clarifications. Looking forward to your
> response.
>
> With warm regards,
>
> Mr Raj Mathur, <??>
> Prof Andrew Lynn, Professor Jawaharlal Nehru University
> Mr Kishore, Indian Linux Users Group – Delhi
>
> on behalf of FOSSCOMM, India
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