Issue Date: Apr 30, 2015
It has taken the government of India a decade and more to grasp a basic truth—that open source software (OSS) is the way to go. March-end, the Information Technology (IT) ministry unveiled, finally, a policy for adopting OSS as the preferred option in all e-governance systems implemented by various government organisations. The policy, which makes it mandatory to adopt OSS, is intended to lower costs and ensure strategic control of these systems. It says the aim is to ensure “efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs”. Sigh.