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Kerala’s IT Draft Policy {Can NIC – NISG – all IT Secretaries – eGov Secretaries to LEARN from this ?? and to adopt a NATIONAL POLICY like this

Posted by egovindia on January 23, 2007

 Kerala’s IT Draft Policy –

[ CAN NIC – NISG – all IT Secretaries – eGov Secretaries to LEARN from this  !! and  to adopt a NATIONAL POLICY like this]

Can Minister Dayanidhi Maran read this and alocate 9000 crores for NATIONAL IT Policy to ADOPT this type of IT Policy at NATIONAL LEVEL from NeGP FUNDS !!!!

The Government realizes that Free Software presents a truly 
unique opportunity in building a truly egalitarian knowledge society. The 
Government will take all efforts to develop Free Software and Free 
Knowledge and shall encourage and mandate the appropriate use of Free 
Software in all ICT initiatives..."


1.1Developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are transforming the society in dramatic ways. These developments are creating hitherto unimaginable opportunities and possibilities, even as they pose new challenges for a society like ours

1.2 In the production processes of today’s world, information and knowledge mean a great deal more than material resources and physical inputs.

1.3 ICT has opened up the possibility of radically different information exchange patterns by facilitating faster and more efficient dissemination of information. It can play a vital role in sustaining the democratic ethos of the Indian society and ensuring a high level of transparency in governance

1.4 Having achieved high physical quality of life index and social infrastructure development, Kerala is ideally positioned to use ICT as a catalyst for the all-round economic prosperity and social uplift of its people

1.5 ICT and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) have by now turned into major sectors of economic activity in the country. Over the past one-and-a-half decades, these sectors have shown remarkable growth in the country, both in terms of export revenue and employment generation

1.6 In almost every sector of socio-economic activity ranging from industrial production to education and public healthcare, ICT now plays an important role in optimizing the processes, thereby improving the quality and efficiency of human endeavors

1.7 Growing importance of ICT in the present-day world leads to the emergence of a divide, which can be called the “digital-divide,” between those who have access to sophisticated ICT infrastructure and those who do not. This is a matter of concern to civil society at large; and a challenge that has to be overcome through conscious intervention, both from the Government and the sections on the privileged side of the “digital divide

1.8 The Government has a comprehensive view of ICT as a vehicle for transforming Kerala into a knowledge-based, economically vibrant, democratic and inclusive society. By the term “inclusive,” the Government means that the benefits of the socio-economic transformation possible through ICT should reach every single citizen of the State. This policy document defines the Government’s vision, mission and strategy for achieving the same.


Complete IT Draft policy at
By far, the most sensible ever IT policy, one that keeps undesirable 
tendencies at bay. A policy that systematically removes barriers-to-entry 
for all, especially the underprivileged for participating in a 
knowledge society.

Cheers to all our untiring FSF hactivists who worked behind this 
CK Raju


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Kerala’s draft IT policy released:: The policy stresses that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) will be used in e-governance projects.

Posted by egovindia on January 18, 2007

Kerala’s draft IT policy released

Special Correspondent

State to support private initiatives in development of IT parks



  • Focus on e-governance, free software and development of technologies
  • Finishing schools with industry participation


    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The draft information technology (IT) policy released by Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan here on Wednesday proposes to make Kerala a cradle of knowledge workers. It aims to upgrade the productivity, skill and knowledge levels of the citizen.

    Proposals include establishment of an International Centre for Free Software and Computing for Development, ITES Training Centre (in Kochi) and extension of Internet to all educational institutions and villages by 2010. Around 3,000 broadband-enabled information hubs called Akshaya e-Centres will be set up in difference parts of the State.

    The Government will support private initiatives to set up IT parks. Private IT parks that meet a minimum set of standards shall be promoted by the Government as an integral part of the State’s IT infrastructure, if the parks desire so. The Government will expand Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram and Infopark in Kochi on its own accord and in partnership with private infrastructure providers. Focus areas include e-governance, free software and development of appropriate technologies. The State will network with national and international organisations and industry for research and development in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and knowledge sharing. The proposed Centre for Free Software will focus on developing technologies relevant for social and economic advancement in developing countries.

    The policy stresses that Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) will be used in e-governance projects. Open standards such as Unicode and Open Document Format and Open Architectures will be followed in e-governance projects to avoid total dependence on select vendors. The Government proposed to develop the State as the FOSS destination in the country. It will provide special incentives to companies developing FOSS. The policy says that the State will try to make maximum use of ICT in governance. Taking the Right to Information Act in its true spirit, the Government will take up ICT-enabled programmes for efficient flow of information between citizens and the Government.

    The Government will make use of all the media tools and emerging technologies to ensure proper communication between the Government and the citizen. The Government will promote the use of Web sites, e-mails and other news communication facilities in various Government and semi-Government organisations.




    Kerala's draft IT policy released with lots of incentives for Free Software
    Kerala's draft IT policy released   `Aim is to make entire State an IT destination'   Awareness programmes on copyright planned  The Draft policy is available for discussion at 




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