According to latest information, the Government has completely withdrawn the draft Encryption policy announced last week and put up for public comments.
A new policy may be drafted and released in due course.
Hopefully, this time it will consult the right persons before the policy is publicized.
P.S: It would be interesting to know who owns the responsibility for the badly drafted policy which was under gestation for nearly six years from the day ITA 2008 was notified on 27th October 2009. (Observe that the policy is not on a letterhead and not signed. The addendum is just a note on a piece of paper again unsigned), It has given an opportunity for certain opposition political parties to score brownie points. Was it the hidden agenda?…. Otherwise it is difficult to imagine if such policy documents can be written by an IAS cadre officer.
The honourable minister Mr R S Prasad needs to conduct an enquiry since this is not the first time the Minister has been painted in bad light because of thoughtless policy announcements. There is a possibility that some body in the department is working at cross purposes with the Minister. If this is not properly addressed now, there will be many more occasions in future where the Minister will have to take the blame for inefficient departmental work.