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Government of India Embraces Open Source Software Initiatives

Recently, an IT services giant has put its support behind the government of India's new policy to make it mandatory for the nation’s government offices to use open source software. India’s government has put these new regulations in motion to provide a more efficient and reliable infrastructure for technology in the country and to increase job opportunities within the technology sector. 

As efficiency, transparency and security rise to the top of the priority list at the government level across the globe, open source software is becoming more widely used and accepted. India’s new mandate illustrates just how influential and mainstream open source software has become, and reveals its potential for a global impact on government security and improved cost efficiency.

In countries like India that have a high poverty level, open source software can provide a clear path to nationwide development as well as improving government services, infrastructure and employment. When software is locked in with a particular proprietary vendor, it often requires a specific skill set or education level to provide services, maintain the infrastructure and write programming.

Open source software, on the other hand, enables citizens in developing nations to create software with little training or equipment aside from a smartphone or a laptop. Rather than being locked into a proprietary vendor, open source software is accessible and available to all. This enables governments to take ownership of their infrastructure, deliver better services to its most needy citizens, and provide more employment opportunities.

 Open source software provides increased computing power and resources to both government agencies and citizens, enabling better delivery of services, more security and increased opportunities. India’s new policy shows an awareness of the benefits of open source software and its potential role in improving government and the everyday lives of its citizens.

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More Stories By Lacey Thoms

Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.