Indian Ministry of Communications and IT has insisted that all Government offices across India to use Open Source Software.
The new Government has been pushing use of Open Source Software (OSS) in Government offices, since they have come to power. The big idea is that OSS not only promises significant reductions in the paid software costs but will also lead to economic and strategic benefits.
In a statement the men from the Ministry said that the by using Open Source Software, Government can now centrally create, modify and redistribute the software without any costs involved.
The policy shall be applicable to all Government Organisations under the Central Governments and those State Governments that choose to adopt this policy.
All Government Organizations, while implementing e-Governance applications and systems must include a specific requirement in Request for Proposal (RFP) for all suppliers to consider OSS along with CSS while responding.
All future Requests for Proposals (RFPs) of e-Governance projects shall include a mandatory clause for considering Open Source Software (OSS) as a preferred option in comparison to Closed Source Software (CSS). Suppliers will need to provide justification for exclusion of OSS in their response
Government of India, said it will actively collaborate with OSS communities in India as well as at the International level and contribute cash if it is needed.