[Fsf-friends] NISG NeGP initiative at a cost of Rs.14,000 CRORES

Ramanraj K ramanraj.k at gmail.com
Wed Sep 28 06:43:22 CEST 2005

National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) is driving the National 
e-Governance Plan (NeGP) and estimated to cost Rs. 14,000 Crores.

Governance has evolved by trial and error over a very long period of 
time, much the way free software evolves these days. Governance was 
thought best to be divided into legislative, executive and judiciary. 
eGovernance could avoid the many prejudices a human executive suffers, 
and the old divisions have to be redefined. Compare:

developer : user :: legislator : citizen

A BDFL manages the developer:user gap pretty much, and the right to fork 
satisfies the disgruntled in the unlimited virtual world. The 
legislator:citizen relationship is constrained severlely by limited 
resources, and there could be no right to fork. It is for this reason, 
the Constitutional machinery elaborately defines how citizens govern 
themselves by electing legislators. The existing Constitutional 
machinery assumes paper as the medium through which the laws will be 
executed. Writ of certiorari traditionally meant "calling for the 
(physical) records" - now, if a judge could "visit" the files through an 
electronic medium, the scope, nature and methods of the writ stands 
vastly modified. Each and every constitutional device, control and 
measure has to be modified to suit the new medium of execution. 
Traditionally, constitutions are classified as written and unwritten, 
and today we have to create a new classification electronic and 
non-electronic. The constitutional machinery has to be totally rebuilt 
from scratch to suit the new medium. eGovernance actually calls for 
serious debates on constitutional reform before spending a single rupee 
on any eGovernance program.

Sprinkling "IBM", "Linux", "Open Source", "Open Standards" and other 
catch words here and there over the project are mere incidental things 
that do not go to the core issues of governance. Does the GOI expect IBM 
to give the framework for eGovernance? Is Indian legislative history 
(1600 - 1950) repeating itself ? E-Courts has been added to their 
planning boards as an after thought, and clearly shows poor planning. 
Burning 14K Crores (in two years ?) over NeGP, that too controlled by 
NASSCOM sounds very stupid, to say the least. They are looking for 
consultants (apply at your own risk ;) and I hope they don't get too 
smart ;) Bullock carts fitted with electric motors won't move 
efficiently - NiSG is only doing this and this is not my imagination: 
their advt calling for consultants has the wheel of a bullock cart with 
an e in the centre :)

There are other strange issues there too:

:: forwarded message ::

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	[eGovINDIA] The Share-holding pattern of NISG as obtained from 
NISG website (MOA)
Date: 	Thu, 22 Sep 2005 06:13:45 -0700 (PDT)
From: 	eGov INDIA <egovindia at yahoo.com>
Reply-To: 	eGovINDIA at yahoogroups.com
To: 	eGov INDIA <egovindia at yahoogroups.com>

NISG is a controlled company - You all can look at it. 
Who are all involved in it ON behalf of President of INDIA the following GOI departments are partners.
1. Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India,

2. Department of Information Technology, Government of India

3. Mr. R. Chandrashekar, Officer on Special Duty (NISG), Current Joint Secretary eGovernance of GOI. Who makes most of the decisions now. He is from GOAP cadre and was in GOAP before coming as JS of GOI.

NASSCOM is facilitating this. They are SILENT partners. Which holds 52 % This is for name sake.
The Share-holding pattern of NISG as obtained from NISG website (MOA)
is as under:  http://www.nisg.org/corpinfo.htm

1. Ajay Kumar Agarwal, S/o Shri Krishna Murari Lal Agarwal,
Secretary, For and on behalf of President of India, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Government of India, 
North Block, New Delhi – 110 001
160 Equity Shares of Rs.100/- each (One Hundred and Sixty only)
Total Amount : Rs 16000

2. Rajeeva Ratna Shah, S/o Shri Janardhan Das Shah, Secretary
For and on behalf of President of India, Department of Information
Technology, Government of India
Electronic Niketan, 6 CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
160 Equity Shares of Rs.100/- each (One Hundred and Sixty only)
Total Amount : Rs 16000

3. Kiran Karnik, S/o Shri Sharadchandra Karnik, President
For and On behalf of National Association of Software and Services
Companies, International Youth Centre, Teen Murti Marg, Chanikya
Puri, New Delhi – 110 021
520 Equity Shares of Rs. 100/- each (Five Hundred and Twenty Only)
Total Amount: Rs 52000

4 Rentala Chandrashekhar, S/o Shri Rentala Ramachandra Rao,
Officer on Special Duty (NISG)
For and On behalf of President of India Government of India, 4007,
Electronics Niketan, 6, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003
160 Equity Shares of Rs.100/- each (One Hundred and Sixty only)
Total Amount : 16000

Ministry of Personnel : 16000
Ministry of IT : 16000
Ministry of IT: 16000
NASSCOM : 52000

GOI share value 48000
NASSCOM share value 52000

Current Shareholder pattern 48 % and 52 %

For just Rs52000 one can hold majority stake in NISG which is going to decide GOI investment of Crores of rupees ?

Is it PPP ?

NISG has to be AUDITED by CAG 

CVC need to look into NISG activities !


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