National Association of Software Services Companies (Nasscom ) facilitated an interaction between the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and the Industry on various challenges being faced by the sector, while participating in various e-Governance projects.
The meeting chaired by RS Sharma, Secretary DeitY, was attended by senior government officials from DeitY, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and the Department of Commerce.
Nasscom had earlier approached the Ministry, highlighting the issues. Also, it recommended some short and medium term enablers in order to bring about a win-win partnership between the industry and government.
Industry’s participation in various e-Governance projects has seen a steady decline with several large projects resulting in a NO-BID Situation.
R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM said, “As the government is focusing on ICT, the industry is keen to work with the government on strategic e-governance initiatives like Digital India. We believe that addressing the short term challenges would give a boost to the Government–IT Industry partnership.
“Also, government should address various challenges in e-Governance procurement at earliest. The project tendering process needs to be flexible with enough room for product companies to participate in the e-Governance initiatives,” Nasscom said.
Nasscom urged the government to review the components in e-Governance and Digital India which could be left completely to the private sector. The new technologies like social media, cloud, open data initiatives and open APIs, etc have opened up vast opportunities to do things differently.
Some of the issues raised by Nasscom
- One of the top concerns of the industry is outstanding payments, where, the situation has taken a turn for the worse in the last 18 months.
- Issues pertaining to various clauses in RFPs and Contracts are raised, particularly, relating to unlimited liabilities, dispute resolution and arbitration, lack of counter guarantees, payments etc.
- Non-adoption of standardised RFP and contracting terms by various State governments in particular.