With Narender Damodar Das Modi swearing in as the 15th Prime Minister of India, India has entered a new era of Governance. Naavi.org takes this opportunity to welcome Mr Modi as the new Prime Minister of India.
During the last few years, the UPA Government was conspicuous for it’s “Governance Deficit”. In fact many described it as a “Government in Coma”. The reason could be the series of Scams culminating in the Coal Scam which hit directly at the PM. But this was not the only reason.
Lack of Governance was most evident in the DEITY and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) which is relevant for all of us who are following the domain of Cyber Law and Information Security. Mr Kapil Sibal who took additional charge of this department was simply not showing any interest in its activities either because he was too busy or perhaps he did not care.
Naavi.org had pleaded withMr Kapil Sibal many times about the closure of Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CAT)and its adverse consequences on the cyber crime victims in India. He however was obsessed with the appointment of one particular person to the chair and since he did not get the approval from the Chief Justice, preferred to keep the position of the Chair Person of CAT vacant since June 2011.
I had personally written a number of letters and emails to him and also his deputies in the department besides the political heads such as the PM, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. We also took up the matter with Courts (Where the matter is still pending). however Mr Kapil Sibal was stoic and refused to budge . His attitude was reflective of the arrogance that Congress party displayed as the ruler of this country which made us rejoice with the slogan “Congress Mukta Bharat”.
Now that Mr Kapil Sibal is free, I would request him to clarify why he was not interested in the department’s work since he otherwise seemed to be a man of energy and action.
I am now waiting for the new Minister to take charge so that the matter can be pursued. So far it is not clear who will have the portfolio of the IT Ministry. Even the media seems to be unable to identify this ministry since they are talking of either the Information and Broadcasting Ministry or the Telecom ministry. Either Mr Javdekar or Mr Ravishankar Prasad are likely to be the Minister in charge of MCIT. May be it would be clear today. Our advance good wishes to the concerned Minister.