[PLUG] Re: Open Office in Government

Anand Kulkarni kulk_anand at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 20 22:38:30 PDT 2007


Hi Manoj,

> 'Grahak Raja Jaha Ho' is ready to take your issue
> seriously..
I am very glad to see your support in this movement.
We can come together on this issue and I am sure we
will find many open minded people who want to actively
involve in this mission.

> 1) To get all  information about funds spend for
> purchasing MS Office
> Licenses during the financial year 2006-2007.
>     We can get this information by using Right to
> Information Act 2005. To
> start with we can collect the information from Pune
> District.

I was also thinking in the same direction. But I am
not aware about how receive required information from
Govt under Information Act. If you help us then we can
certainly seek the details of govt expenditure on
proprietory softwares.


> 4) We can file a PIL (Public Interest Litigation)
> asking Why Government is
> spending Crores of rupees on MS Office Licenses when
> Open Office is
> available for free.

YES.. You are right. We must knock the door of the
court of law. But its a long process and will involve
some level of expenditure. So somehow we will require
to build the funds for this social cause.

I think its more advisible to discuss this issue in
the PLUG monthly meeting. Why don't you come for the
PLUG meeting on 07th April 07 at 4 PM? 

We can have views of many PLUG members there and the I
am sure our discussions will be fruitful.

Thanks.
regards,

Anand Kulkarni
9422515760(M)

--- Pramukh Pracharak - Grahak Raja Jaga Ho
<manoj at grahakraja.org> wrote:

> Hello Mr. Anand Kulkarni
> 
> I read your post regarding Open Office in Government
> Organisations.
> And I fully agree with you that government should
> not spend public money for
> purchasing MS Office Licenses when Open Office is
> available for free.
> 
> We are running a Non Government Organisation 'Grahak
> Raja Jaga Ho' working
> in the field of consumer awareness & awareness about
> Right to Information
> Act.
> 
> 'Grahak Raja Jaha Ho' is ready to take your issue
> seriously & I find
> following plan to force government organisations to
> use Open Office.
> 1) To get all  information about funds spend for
> purchasing MS Office
> Licenses during the financial year 2006-2007.
>     We can get this information by using Right to
> Information Act 2005. To
> start with we can collect the information from Pune
> District.
> 2) We can compile a report about funds spend on MS
> Office Licenses by
> different Government Organisation from Pune
> District. And I am sure the
> figure will touch at least 1 Crore.
> 3) We will get the report published in all News
> Papers / News Channels. This
> will help us to gather MASS support.
> 4) We can file a PIL (Public Interest Litigation)
> asking Why Government is
> spending Crores of rupees on MS Office Licenses when
> Open Office is
> available for free.
> 
> Thanks with Regards
> 
> Manoj Ovhal
> Pramukh Pracharak
> "Grahak Raja Jaga Ho"
> URL : http://www.grahakraja.org
> 
> 



 
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