The Communist Party (CPM) of India has asked the Central Government to switch to free and open source software in all its e-Governance applications. It would be a major step towards e-Governance and open source.
Party is also expecting that Government will introduce free and open source software in the curriculum from the school level. According to CPM Polit Bureau member and MP Sitaram Yechury, the monopoly of knowledge has become the avenue of earning profits and there is a need to liberate the stranglehold. The free software movement can bridge the digital divide. Certain bodies like Nasscom acting as `agents' between the Government and the industry.