Government of India
New Delhi, 17 November,1998
Sub: Constitution of High
Level Empowered Action Force on Managing the Impact of Year 2000 Problem in India.
Recognising the importance of managing the Year 2000
(Y2K) problem, primarily related to the use of a 2-digit field for representing the year
in Computer based systems and its implications in India, the IT Action Plan of the
National Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development, as approved by the
Government, has the following Policy at para number 52:
"Recognising the catastrophic effect of the
Y2K problem for solving which a few hundred billion dollar are being spent around the
world, an immediate investment of Rs.700 crores as corpus funds shall be mobilised to
control the crisis in critical government, Public and Private organisations and services;
efforts to sensitise such organisations in the country facing the crisis shall be taken up
by the Government immediately including issuance of Government orders for strict
compliance in a time bound manner; a High level empowered Task Force with representatives
from the Government, Industry Associations, Banks and Financial Institutions, Defence
Services, Utility and other Public Service Organisations, Railways among others, shall be
constituted by the Government of India."
The Action Plan of the Task Force has since been
approved by the government. As a follow-up to the decision of the Government with regard
to the Y2K problem, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission and Chairperson of the National
Task Force on Information Technology and Software Development has constituted a High Level
Empowered Action Force on Managing the Impact of Year 2000 Problem in India with the
following composition and terms of reference:
|1. Member(A), Planning Commission
Secretary, Planning Commission & Director General, NIC
|4. Secretary, Department of
|5. Secretary Department of
|6. Secretary, Defence
|7. Chairman, State Bank of India
|8. Chairman, Railway Board
|9. President, CII
|12.Executive Director, NASSCOM
The Terms of Reference of the Action
Force are as follows:
(i) To identify critical sectors in the country
which are required to be monitored for handling the Year 2000 Problem in the country.
(ii) To get Sector-specific action plan prepared by
the respective organizations/agencies for remedial work related to the Year 2000 Problem.
(iii) Periodically monitor the implementation of the
(iv) To make plans for awareness building among the
affected categories of organisations, the Parliament, the Press and the Public.
(v) To take necessary steps for the establishment of
a corpus fund of Rs.700 crores to address the Year 2000 Problem in India
(vi) To evolve a mechanism for providing financial
support, out of the corpus fund, to various government organisations/PSUs/Companies and
other affected organisations/activities in handling the impact of Year 2000 problem on the
computer based activities and services offered by them.
(vii) To keep contingent action plans for various
sectors in readiness to meet possible post 1999 outbreak situations.
The National Informatics Centre will be the
Secretariat for the Action Force. The TA/DA of non-official members shall be paid by the
National Informatics Centre, Planning Commission.
Chairman & Members of the
Empowered Action Force
- PS to Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
- Chief Minister - Andhra Pradesh, Co-Chairperson of NTFIT &SD
- Professor M.G.K. Menon, Co-Chairperson of NTFIT&SD
- Members of the National Task Force on IT & SD
- Prime Minister's Office
- Cabinet Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi