Q.3 What are the benefits of Free and Open Source Softwares? What steps need to be taken to realise its potential in government applications? (10 Marks)

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  • https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/free-and-open-source-software-linux-user-groups-aadhaar-gstn-digilocker-7477122/
  • In the intro, mention the FOSS’s journey in India.
  • In the body, mention the advantages of FOSS in terms of cost and transparency and innovation. In the steps mention incentivising adoption, institutionalisation, a repository of ready to use certified tools for government applications etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning that with an IT workforce of more than four million employees and a software industry, we have to harness the biggest promise that FOSS holds — the possibility of collaborative technological innovation.
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