I appreciate that the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has announced the "Policy on Adoption of Open Source Software for Government of India" and also brought out the policy framework for rapid and effective adoption.
In India, we are encountering a unique situation. We decide on what technologies to be used without sometimes having a clarity on what are the services that we intend to deliver. It is dichotomous. Isn't it? It is my long-held belief that, it is government's job to define services and leave the technology choices to the market forces.
The debate over technology choices is not new. We have been talking about this for at least 15-20 years. Innovations have far surpassed this debate. Innovations are happening so fast that it has made the technology choice debate redundant. What technology to be used would be best determined by the markets and the users. It cannot and should not be done by regulation or regulators.
India's Growth Resurgence: Sectoral Issues and Governance Risks, jointly authored by Yerram Raju, M Sitarama Murthy and Subbaiah Singala looks into detail on the frontal sectoral issues and governance risks, India is facing as a leading emerging economy.
"We should not make technology choices nor specify technology, rather specify services. It does not matter which technology powers up the services," said Ram Sewak Sharma, Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY). He said this while stressing that the ambitious Rs 113,000 crore Digital India plan will require a lot to be done and undone when it comes to making technology choices, its procurement and implementation across the government system. This emanates from an increasing realisation in the government that the time has come to focus on delivery of services and leave the choice of technology to the market forces.
India is promising an ambitious third generation economic and governance reform. For all of us who want to see a richer, freer and more confident India, we can only hope that they succeed and not lose steam. The change of government in 2014 has brought about a new wave of optimism, rising from the belief that the moment for India to make better progress on the kind of reforms that the country needs - and deserves - has finally arrived.
Skoch Group has instituted Vijay Kelkar Award in honour of noted economist and Chairman of 13th Finance Commission Vijay L Kelkar. The first award was conferred on Shankar Acharya, eminent economist and the longest serving Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India, for excellence in public finance.
The generational shift in India's economic reforms is taking place, with the NDA government working on the third generation of reforms, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said at the 39th Skoch Summit.Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the two-days conference organised by the Skoch Group that debated the theme 'From Dole to Development', Sinha said catalysing competitive federalism, global competitiveness, infrastructure development and innovation are the four important facets of the third generation reforms the government is intent on advancing.