Govt unveils open source software policy

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The government has announced a policy for adopting open source software (OSS), making it mandatory that such software is considered along with proprietary products, as it looks to bring in transparency and lower total cost of ownership of projects, said the media report.

The policy shall be applicable to Central government organisations and and those State governments that choose to adopt this policy, an official statement said.

"Under the overarching vision of Digital India, Government of India aims to make government services digitally accessible to citizens in their localities and to ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs," it said.

Under the Policy, all government organisations, while implementing e-Governance applications and systems will have to include a specific requirement in Request for Proposal (RFP) for all suppliers to consider OSS along with closed source software (CSS) while responding.

In certain specialised domains where OSS solutions are not be available, the concerned government organisation can consider exceptions "with sufficient justification", it said.

Story first published: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 23:00 [IST]
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