[fosscomm] [Fwd: IT Return on-line upload]

Guru गुरु guru at itforchange.net
Wed Jul 15 03:39:48 PDT 2009

this is the mail i sent to IT yesterday.

While we will need to make 'template letters' for this kind of issue 
(Govt sites pushing proprietary formats), any of us could send similar 
emails as well, so that they get some mail volume to take notice of the 


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: IT Return on-line upload
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 17:22:21 +0530
From: Guru गुरु <guru at itforchange.net>
To: ask at incometaxindia.gov.in

Dear Sir,

I use Free and Open Source Software on my computer. I have the Ubuntu
GNU/Linux operating system and Open Office application.

These software are freely shareable without needing to make any payment
of license fee to any vendors. They are being used by millions of people
all over the world. Whereas the IT on-line upload is only in Microsoft
Excel format. Microsoft Excel format is proprietary format and does not
confirm to open standards

The latest draft Government of India's policy on Open standards also
requires Government software applications to confirm to open standards

Hence we request that you provide for uploading of return in formats
that confirm to open standards. the Open Office format (.ODS) confirms
to open standards and could be used.

Looking forward to your response

thanking you

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
IT for Change
Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities
Tel:98454 37730
*IT for Change is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with United
Nations’ Economic and Social Council*

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