[PLUG] Re: Open Office in Government (Digest, Vol 13, Issue 18)

Manish Dusane manish.dusane at airtightnetworks.net
Tue Mar 20 11:24:10 IST 2007


I am in for this. Count me for active participation. 

Not only Microsoft products, but all possible 'non-free' enterprise
softwares that are used by the government. 


On Sat, 2007-03-17 at 12:00 -0700, plug-mail-request at plug.org.in wrote

> Today's Topics:
>    1. Open Office in Government
>       (Pramukh Pracharak - Grahak Raja Jaga Ho)
>    2. Re: Open Office in Government (Nishit Dave)
>    3. Re: Open Office in Government (Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2007 08:00:37 +0530
> From: "Pramukh Pracharak - Grahak Raja Jaga Ho" <manoj at grahakraja.org>
> Subject: [PLUG] Open Office in Government
> To: <kulk_anand at yahoo.com>
> Cc: plug-mail at plug.org.in
> Message-ID: <004201c7683c$68126170$8e991e0a at sanpc1>
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> 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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bad that it can't worse  - Calvin and Hobbes.

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