eGovernance in India

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Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, Speaks on Open Source Code Software

Posted by egovindia on June 21, 2006

"In India, open source code software will have to come and stay in a big way for the benefit of our billion people."
— Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India, May 28, 2003
President ADDRESS AT THE JUDICIAL COLLOQUIUM ON SCIENCE, LAW AND ETHICS AT NATIONAL JUDICIAL ACADEMY, BHOPAL
19-02-2005 : (Through Video Conference) From New Delhi

Q.2 Computers and information technology have an important role in reducing the arrears in the courts as well as in helping in other areas. Broadly there are two kinds of software’s to do that. Proprietary and Open Source. Which one is better?

– Justice Yathindra Singh, Justice Allahabad High Court

PRESIDENT Answer:

First of all, I would like to clarify that the choice of proprietary vs. open software is driven by the usage and requirements of the user at the operating system level.

Since, proprietary software is predominantly used at the client level; many users are familiar and comfortable with this.

However, at the server level mature users choose the software as per their requirement.

Open source operating system enables the development of language independent software’s and also building one’s own security algorithms to suit his requirement.

Indian IT industry is capable of providing a solution for the justice delivery system and its e Governance to the justice administration on top of any proprietary or open source systems.

What is important here is justice delivery system should be inter-operable system built on top of open standards such as web services.

Q.3 In case in your opinion open source software is more secure, cheaper and better option or is as good as proprietary software, then

a. Why all courses in computer science at school level teach only proprietary software?

b. Why should almost all Govt office continue to have proprietary software

c. Why should govt. despite saying that they do not have any preference continue to favour proprietary software?

– Justice Yathindra Singh, Justice Allahabad High Court

PRESIDENT Answer:

This has already been answered above.

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