India is well-positioned to turn into a vibrant hub for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) improvements, because of the massive variety of 4G information subscribers in India, 96% of whom entry the digital world through open-source-based cellular working techniques (primarily Android). A few of India’s largest authorities initiatives (together with Aadhaar) and plenty of expertise start-ups have additionally been constructed utilizing FOSS. Acknowledging the large potential of FOSS, the Authorities of India had issued a Coverage on Adoption of Open Supply Software program in 2015.
To extend consciousness concerning the utilization of FOSS in governance and Authorities functioning, and adoption of FOSS, a digital roundtable dialogue ‘Free and Open Supply Software program (FOSS) in Authorities’ was organized by the Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how (MEITY) in collaboration with Omidyar Network India on April 22, 2021.
Talking on the event, Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how, appraised the steps taken by MeitY like Coverage for Open Supply Software program in 2015 to Open Supply Collaborative growth of Aarogya Setu. “I’m delighted to see the curiosity in additional advancing the adoption of FOSS in Authorities amongst a variety of Authorities leaders, Academia and FOSS innovators. MeitYwill continues to play a key position on this journey. We’re additionally happy to announce the #FOSS4GOV Innovation Problem, which can harness the innovation potential of the FOSS neighborhood and start-ups to unravel essential points in GovTech. Extra such efforts will probably be forthcoming.”
Making a presentation on the Potential of FOSS in India, Shri Varad Pande, Companion, Omidyar Network India, stated “We see FOSS as a key part of GovTech 3.0, which is about constructing safe and inclusive Open Digital Ecosystems (ODEs) that harness the potential of social innovators to assist clear up India’s hardest issues. We’re excited to see MeitY advancing the adoption of FOSS in Authorities in a considerate and strategic method and are delighted to companion with them on this journey.”
Shri Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, NeGD and CEO, MyGov, and MD, Digital India Company moderated periods whereby stakeholders shared their experiences on profitable deployment of FOSS-based platforms like Aadhaar and UPI in India and highlighted greatest practices and learnings for all members. Shows had been made on profitable FOSS led improvements adopted by Governments of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala in addition to open-source enterprise options. The audio system included representatives from EkStep Basis, Samagra Governance, Civic Knowledge Lab, Worldwide Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS), and Frappe Applied sciences (creators of ERPNext). The collaborative potential of FOSS was palpable within the dialogue with FOSS neighborhood members, innovators, and academia. Representatives from State Governments shared their experiences about constructing tech platforms and mirrored on challenges the place open supply expertise may very well be most helpful.
The Ministry of Electronics & Info Know-how additionally introduced a #FOSS4GOV Innovation Problem to speed up the adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Within the Authorities. The #FOSS4GOVInnovation Problem calls upon FOSS innovators, expertise entrepreneurs and Indian Startups to submit implementable open-source product improvements in CRM and ERP with attainable purposes for Govtech in Well being, Schooling, Agriculture, City Governance and so on. Individuals to be eligible for incubation help, prize cash, mentorship by area consultants, institutional help from eminent organizations for incubation of concepts and itemizing of options on GeM. Additional particulars concerning the problem and find out how to take part will probably be shared quickly by the Ministry by MyGov and MeitY Startup Hub.
The roundtable offered a discussion board for eGov leaders of States, Central Ministries and Businesses to share their experiences, greatest practices and learnings in utilizing FOSS in GovTech platforms and purposes. Individuals shared views on the way in which ahead to drive the adoption of FOSS in Authorities, and the announcement of the #FOSS4GOV Innovation Problem was welcomed as an essential step ahead on this route.
(With Inputs from PIB)