With the Indian government focusing on ambitious projects such as digitization of records, a goods and service tax network, and developing payment systems that work across platforms, some of the nation’s top technologists have come forward to help. The government launched its Open API Policy this month to make its technology system robust. Application Programming Interfaces or API, helps developers in writing codes which interfaces with other software. The government’s support for open and free source systems can be traced back to the top technologists’ aim to develop “country-scale systems”.
According to RS Sharma, the secretary for Information Technology, the government is happy to accept the valuable suggestions given by these technocrats who are highly successful in the technology field. The team of eminent people are volunteers at iSPIRIT- the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table, who are assisting the government’s technology initiatives. Amit Ranjan, who co-founded SlideShare and later sold it to LinkedIn at a staggering US$119 million, is helping Indian government to digitize data and provide users with digital lockers. Lalitesh Katragadda worked as Country Manager (Products) for Google India. Presently, he is working on the open API policy and helping Andhra Pradesh government to rollout fiber optics to provide users with high-speed internet. Pramod Verma, the key person involved in setting up the Unique Identification Authority of India, is assisting the government to establish the network for goods and service tax as well as working on the development of next-generation payment platform under the National Payments Corporation of India. Some of the other prominent volunteers at iSPIRIT are Gian Franco, who earlier worked with SAP; Anand Deshpande, the founder and CEO of Persistent Systems; and Vijay Vujjuni, the chief technical architect at HCL Infotech.