Digital India now contains a comprehensive open source policy
The Government of India (GOI) has adopted a comprehensive and supportive open source policy. It builds on their earlier efforts to adopt open standards for procurement. As we’ve seen in other regions, the adoption of such policies often brings out concerns from some quarters who want to spread ‘fear and doubt’ about the policy. So, what are the facts about the policy, and how does it fit into India’s broader economic development strategy?
In India, the policy coincides with another broad initiative, Digital India.
By bringing together various functions and efforts, the program seeks to prepare India for a knowledge future. It is centered on three key areas:
1. Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen,
2. Governance & Services on Demand,
3. Digital Empowerment of Citizens.
It would seem that Open Networking hardware would also be an asset to their cause. One of the greatest obstacles to achieving Internet access for citizens in rural parts of developing nations is the legacy cost of Telecom infrastructure. Granted, lower-cost wireless communication cell sites have helped to make Mobile Internet services available in some areas, but more needs to be done to lower the common barriers to citizen participation. Further doubts still lie in the impact at ground level. Lot of bribery between policy and purchasing are stopping development there.[source]