IT Taskforce
Taskforce Diary



  • The Office of the Prime Minister issued a Notification on 22nd May 1998 constituting a National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development. Professor M.G.K. Menon, Co-Chairperson of the Task Force, Shri Sudheendra Kulkarni of PMO and Dr.N.Seshagiri, Member-Convener of the Task Force, met the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission & Chair-Person of the Task Force on 26th May 1998 for finalising the guidelines regarding the deliberations of the Task Force.

  • As advised by the Deputy Chairman, a Web Site was created over INTERNET for inviting suggestions from IT professionals interested in India. On the basis of a number of reports on the topic prepared by various Organisations like the Planning Commission, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Ministry of Commerce, Department of Electronics and NIC as well as Industry Associations like NASSCOM, ESC, and MAIT and the suggestions given by the various Members of the Task Force, the Member-Convener prepared a Basic Background Report (BR-1) and hosted the same on the Web. More than about 3000 suggestions have been received from IT professionals around the world in addition to the comments of the Members of the Task Force.

  • Based on these, a number of prepratory meetings were held both with the Members of the Task Force as well as the Secretaries and Ministers of the Ministries concerned as per the following schedule:
26 May, 1998 Meeting with the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission & Chair-person of the Task Force
12, 13 & 15 June 1998 Preparatory meetings in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Professor M.G.K. Menon, Co-Chairperson of the Task Force
16 June 1998 Meeting in the Department of Telecommunication
18 June 1998 Meeting at Sahyadri, Government of Maharashtra, Mumbai
20 June 1998 Meeting with the Wireless Adviser, Government of India
22 & 23 June
1998
Meeting with the Minister for Communications
23 June 1998 Meeting with Chairman, Telecom Commission
24 June 1998 Meeting with Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri & Secretary, Defence (Research)
25 June 1998 Meeting with Finance Minister
25 June 1998 Meeting with Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh & Co-Chairperson of the Task Force
26 June 1998 Meeting with Finance Secretary
27 June 1998 Meeting with Finance Secretary
29 June 1998 Meeting with Finance Secretary
July 1, 1998 : Meeting with Finance Minister
July 1, 1998 : Meeting with Wireless Adviser & Defence Ministry officials

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