According to a top government official, a government committee is drafting a model Request for Proposal (RFE) document for software products which will soften eligibility conditions such as revenue and work experience thresholds, need for third-party certifications and easier payment norms for Indian software products.
The committee is headed by IIT-Bombay’s DP Pathak and includes government officials as well as members from industry associations such as Nasscom and iSPIRT.
“If the Indian products have to be competitive, then the government will have to loosen its mindset when it comes to standard procurement norms. If the quality or the features of the Indian products match with any international brands, then procurement rules should give them a push,” the government official, who did not wish to be named, said. A similar model RFP, to ease procurement of software services by various government bodies, was released previously. The move to promote India-based products is a welcome step, said Raju Vegesna, chief evangelist, Zoho Corp.
“The government recently announced a grant for a local company to build a video conferencing tool, that’s a good initiative,” he said.