IT Taskforce
Open Web-Letter from Chairman

Jaswant Singh Open Web-letter from
Shri Jaswant Singh,
Chairperson, National Task Force

Information Technology and Software Development
Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
IT Professionals in India and abroad

Yojana Bhavan
New Delhi
May 28, 1998

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to inform you that the Government of India has set up a National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development. This Task Force will formulate the draft of the National Informatics Policy. Our aim : to enable India to emerge as a global Infotech superpower.

Advances in computers, telecommunications, consumer electronics and the media, and especially the fast-growing convergence among them, constitute the greatest scientific revolution in human history. The sheer dimensions of it, the impact of this revolution on national and international life, indeed upon individuals, is unprecedented. It will change the way we live, work, produce, learn, travel and entertain. That change is upon us already.

India is willing to embrace this IT-driven change. It is determined to make its own unique contribution to it. Besides, this is an area where India can speedily establish its global pre-eminence. In IT we see a great potential to modernise our national economy (industry, agriculture and services), our educational system, our communications and the government-citizen interface.

The National Agenda for Governance, which is the policy blueprint for the Government of India, has identified IT and software development as a priority area. The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, has brought to bear his personal commitment to this Mission.

The accompanying Notification about the Task Force explains our ambitious charter of action. It has a distinguished panel of members to work on it. Its endeavour will be assisted by a "Vision Group", consisting of eminent people from India and abroad. Additionally, we would like our effort to be further enriched by their suggestions and views of IT professionals, entrepreneurs and academics from all over the world.

As a person keenly interested in the progress of IT in India and the world, I am sure, you would like to share your expertise with the Task Force. For your convenience, this communication has an attached list of subjects on which you can give your specific suggestions. You are free to give your inputs for as many subjects as you like or upon aspects not on the list.

Please send your replies by July 31*, 1998  by post / email to the member convener.

Thanking you for your time, effort and interest in becoming a partner in our effort.

Sincerely yours,


(Jaswant Singh)



* Due to the overwhelming interest shown by people worldwide and on repeated requests, the last date for submitting your suggestions / comments has been extended till July 31, 1998