eGovernance in India

Improving eGovernance in INDIA

Localization of Languages is a MUST for EFFECTIVE Implementation of RTI Act and all other Acts of INDIA

Posted by egovindia on May 28, 2006

 Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:12:43 -0800 (PST)

Dr. Wajahat Habibbullah
Central Chief Information Commissioner
Central Information Commission
Block IV, 5 Floor
JNU Old Campus
New Delhi – 110067 

Dr. MM Ansari
Central Information Commissioner
Located at Block No 4 (5th floor),  Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi (110067)


Ms Padma Balasubramaniam
Central Information Commissioner
Located at Block No 4 (5th floor),  Old JNU Campus,
New Delhi (110067)

Dear Information Commissioners of INDIA

I am V. M. Kumaraswamy MBA, is in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance yahoo-group under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at is a group dedicated to promoting true e-governance in India, consisting of members from all walks of life from within INDIA and the World over. Many State Ministers and senior bureaucrats of India are members of this group. We do have lawyers, social activists, freelance writers and journalists in the group. The group is meant for serious activists only. Casual members are not allowed to join the group. The group is also moderated by an Indian Administrative Service  (IAS) Officer.  As on date, the group has nearly 2500 members.

The focus of this group is true e-governance and use of open source technology in e-governance. The members of this forum have a passion to see a truly e-governed India, resulting in transparency and easy access to government services by  the common man, notably the depressed class people (so called untouchables), women and people living in far flung and difficult areas of India.

eGovINDIA's subsidiary groups:

India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group
Exclusive Discussion Group on Judicial and Legal Reforms in INDIA.

Right to Information in INDIA discussion group


There are 18 to 20 official language. For effective implementation of RTI Act 2005 needs Information Commissioners of INDIA need to promote LOCALIZATION of LANGUAGES if it wants to be proeprly implemented in INDIA.

Only 5 % in INDIA speak English. Only 30 to 40 % in INDIA knows Hindi.

85 % to 90 % of people speak there own STATE LANGAUGE. We need to CATER to these people. This should happen in INDIA. GOI needs to think about this for it's
future. Real RTI Actvists who are in the field knows about this probelms.

Right to Info Act hits language barrier


Minister Dayanidhi Maran Says Only FIVE percent speak ENGLISH in INDIA. SO 95% of population needs to know RTI rules and regulations in different Languages of INDIA.

'Connectivity, computers, content rule broadband'


Posted online: Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 1837 hours IST

"If we are to boost the broadband penetration in the country we need content in English as well as in all other regional languages. After all only five per cent people speak English," Dayanidhi Maran said.

According to Information Technology Secretary Brijesh Kumar, “In order to push PC penetration beyond the urbane limits, there is a strong need to make the applications and content available to users in their native language. From December, users will have an option to use the computer not just in English but also in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, especially since the software will come free of cost.”,0002.htm

According to Kumar, the key drivers that will drive exponential growth for this market will be the newer areas of application for local language IT, broad based e-governance initiatives that will employ local language as a front end to disseminate government services to citizens. “Bundling of multi-lingual software with PCs and other access devices will prove to be a catalyst in promoting PC usage in the country as it did in countries like China,” he added.

Zenith Computers CEO Raj Saraf, “Given that only three per cent of the Indian population can speak in English while close to 40 per cent of the Indian population speaks Hindi or one of its variants, language tools are the only way sales can break the present saturation point.”

Therefore, eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI requests on immediate translation of RTI legislation into regional languages. IT HAS STILL NOT BEEN DONE BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA.

eGovINDIA and INDIA RTI will work with all of your offices and help in implementing NRTI Act 2005.

Expecting an early action on this issue and reply from all of you.



V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA.

Founder and Moderator


eGovINDIA's other subsidiary groups:

India WhistleBlower Act: The Action Group
Exclusive Discussion Group on Judicial and Legal Reforms in INDIA.


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