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[eGovINDIA] Mail to Mr.J.Sathyanarayana, CEO, NISG seeking his views on certain allegations

Posted by egovindia on July 13, 2006

 [eGovINDIA] Mail to Mr.J.Sathyanarayana, CEO, NISG seeking his views on certain allegations


Dear Members,

I have received the following expose on Mr.J.
Satyanarayana IAS., who heads the NISG now. 

One of the affected persons met me four weeks ago. He
is from a reputed area. Now I have another reputed
source confirming the corrupt ways of Mr.J.

Coupled with the B1 and e-biz episodes I have every
reason to consider the information prima facie true.
But the law dictum says "hear the other side also".
And so I had  written to  Mr.J. Satyanarayana and a
copy is marked here for your information. 
I hope Mr.Satyanarayana responds to this mail. 


My dear esteemed colleague Mr.J. Satyanarayana,
You are heading an organisation (National Institute of
Smart Government) which had been declared the single
nodal agency to route all e-gov proposals of the
country. The information we have received on you does
not portray you an honest person. Your dealings with
regard to B1 and e-biz do not impress true e-gov
enthusiasts like me. For your information, a top
executive of C1 India met me during the national e-gov
conference during Feb this year at Bhubaneswar and
offered me to a proposal whereby I should submit e-gov
proposals and he would get it approved and
implemented. He was talking as though he had the
entire e-gov decision makers in his pockets. May be he
is correct. 
Now the very same corrupt C1 had bagged the e-biz
contract through NISG, that is you. 
NISG does not have anyone who has any e-gov experience
except you. So any decision from NISG means a decision
by you only, even if you try to defend the other way.
As a District Collector, I owned all the decisions on
e-gov at Tiruvarur (1999-2001) because there was no
one who could understand e-gov in Tiruvarur at that
time. You have a team which matches my Tiruvarur
bureaucracy of 1999. 

Mr. Satyanarayana, you owe an explanation to the
nation on these allegations. Because you are the
single most important person who can make or mar
e-governance in India. This is an unfortunate
situation whereby the country had handed over the
entire e-gov work to a single individual. We expect
you to uphold the best values of the IAS coupled with
honesty, transparency and integrity. In this case your
honesty and integrity had come under a cloud. We would
like to hear your side. I am sending this write up on
behalf of all Indians living in India and abroad who
wish to see India a truly e-governed nation. 

And kindly do reply so that we get the benefit of
hearing your side. In case we do not hear from you
within a reasonable time, say 7 days, it would be
presumed that you had accepted all the allegations
mentioned in the write up attached below. 

From  my experience I can share with you that when I
served as  District Collector at Tiruvarur an
anonymous allegation petition was received against me.
Within the same day I sat and prepared a reply and
sent it to the Government though it was not expected
on my part to reply to an anonymous petition. 
When you take strong action against criminals this
happens. If one is too corrupt then also such
petitions arise. In the case of Tiruvarur mostly the
high class criminals who owned a house worth Rs.10
lakhs and above were booked under goondas act, illicit
arrack distillation as well as sale was wiped out in
the district with the help of the police and women
Self Help Groups (SHGs),   the women SHGs were
empowered to recommend arrest of anti social elements
and the anti social elements were paraded through the
town centre with placards hanging under their neck.
And so the allegation petition arose. I submitted my
reply to the Government on the same day. 

This is the typical reaction of an honest officer. 

I am attaching the allegation write up which I had
received from a highly reliable source. I request your

"PwC & J. Satyanarayana – A sinister connection??

Mr.JS as Secretary (IT)- Government of Andhra Pradesh 

One needs to look closely at the consultancy projects
awarded by J Satyanarayana and you will see a pattern
emerge The only company to win most of the contracts
was PwC.

Mr. Satyanarayana was the Principal Secretary of
Information Technology in Government of Andhra Pradesh
for 4 years from 2000, has awarded consultancy jobs to
PwC for 5 major Projects namely, OLTP, SBMS (Social
Welfare), IFIS (Finance department), E Procurement and
HRMS. PwC’s job was to prepare the RFP, call for
tenders on behalf of Govt. of Andhra Pradesh evaluate
the technical bids, qualify final bidders for
commercial bid opening and finally recommending and
leave the decision to the government to place orders
on such party. It may also be interesting to note that
in some evaluations, it was just left to PwC to sit
through product demonstrations without any
participation of the Government.

PwC also was assigned a consultancy job from GOAP to
study each department and come out with a need
analysis and an architecture/roadmap for each
department. There was no process reengineering.  The
Output was the “Big picture” This architecture was
completely faulty and was never used by any
department. The OLTP Project was a disaster, however
2.10 crores was spent for the pilot other that the
project consultancy fees to PwC

Mr. Satyanarayana has also recommended PwC’s name to
the Commercial taxes department and the Department of
Municipal administration of the Government of Andhra
Pradesh as a consultant.

This was the time where Mr, Satyanarayana was
transferred from the IT department to the Social
Welfare department. Along with him PwC’s contract was
also not extended further. All the above transactions
looked normal

Mr.JS, as CEO - NISG.
The first project taken by NISG was EBIZ. As usual
NISG wanted to appoint a consultant and architected a
tender to enable the selection of PwC as a consultant.
NISG has called for a closed tender and the tender
documents were given to 1. Crimson Logic  (Singapore
based firm). 2. Haselfre (a 4 month old company who
would not qualify the criteria) 3. PwC. Haselfre was
disqualified in the prebid evaluation criteria while
Crimson logic was disqualified on the technical
grounds and the contract for consultancy for EBIZ
(Ministry of Commerce initiative) was issued to PwC.
PwC was given a task for creating a pilot for Ebiz as
an additional job. Pilot was based on multiple
technologies where integration would become a major
issue. Subsequently NISG has called for an RFP and
currently the technical bids are under scrutiny. Not
surprisingly, NISG has awarded the contract to PwC for
evaluating the Ebiz bids.

There are several consulting companies like KPMG, TCS,
Wipro, Satyam, Ernst & Young , Microsoft Consulting
services etc. who can manage similar jobs and it is
difficult to understand the reason NISG has floated
limited enquiries to only Crimson logic, Haselfre and

NISG has awarded the e-govworld the Knowledge portal
(Ministry of Information Technology – Government of
India), Govt of Chattisgarh / Govt of Karnataka
procurement RFP preparation consulting job to PwC. It
is very evident that all these will lead to certain
vendors winning these tenders.

It is very evident that J. Satyanatanaraya has an
unholy nexus with Pwc and it warrants a closer look at
the possibility of corruption in the process.

To add, NISG has a bunch of inexperienced youngsters
who do not understand the working of the Government
involved in creation of e-governance projects. This
will ensure that all projects taken up by them will
fail. Precious resources of the Government are being
wasted by NISG by the CEO flying in business class in
India and Abroad to attend seminars, which will add no
value to the successful implementation of e-governance

Hoping to hear from you soon. 


 Tue, 26 Apr 2005 20:44:25 -0700 (PDT)
"Umashankar C" <>
C.Umashankar IAS., (TamilNadu Cadre)
e-governance expert and Member (Special Invitee) - Working group for 
implementation of National e-governance action plan, Government of India, 
New Delhi. 


Ph: 91-44-52054443

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