Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Delaying tactics from industry associations?

Update: Last week, NASSCOM invited me to meet them and I am trying to work out a suitable date.

I am told that industry associations have asked for more time to submit the views of their members and therefore Department of IT has postponed the next meeting of the Apex Committee to review the Draft Open Standards Policy. The meeting was to have happened on 15th July, 2009 but will now probably be held in August 2009.

Now here is the interesting bit. The industry associations asked for more time so that they could go back to their members and ask for their opinions. And here, I am trying to break down the doors of NASSCOM to submit Red Hat's opinion and what do I get? Dead silence. I hear that their deadline was June 7th and then extended to June 15th and I don't know if there is a new cut-off date. But I do know that despite writing to NASSCOM, I haven't heard back from them.

Is this one more ploy to delay a policy that has already been long delayed?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Industry associations have their own self-interest as priority. Even the Computer Society of India which proclaims IT for development as its main objective.

At a meeting of a CSi advisory board last week (Nov 29) senior members and open source champions including Sashikumar of C-DAC and M Dattar (e-governance consultant) were shocked to hear CSI President Mahalinga state that the CSI should not make too much noise about open source and not focus on opern source too much at its events, as Microsoft had just started sponsoring CSI events and might take back their support!! What a sham this CSI. At least Nasscomm and other association don't go shouting that they are open source champions.