Looking beyond Telangana’s SRDP

Telangana government started an ambitious program to improve traffic situation in Hyderabad.This program is titled Strategic Road Development Program, or SRDP. Accomplishing the challenging goal requires a plan with key steps. How is SRDP intended to be implemented? SRDP identifies the following steps to achieve this goal. Identify and expand strategic roads in the city…

National data access policy – open issues

National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy 2012 is drafted to address a major gap in current information flow between Government departments and citizens. This is a 4 year old policy i draft state for which the Government is asking for public opinion now. You can find the complete policy document at┬áNDSAP policy draft (opens in…

Is the BJP Government losing its plot?

BJP stormed into power in the 2014 General Elections with massive acceptance from India public. With great success come greater expectations – and that is where the true strength of a victory is tested. There is no question that this Government is far better than the previous one – we have a cohesive government that…

Is Free Basics so evil?

Facebook’s Free Basics program is in the news for a long time now. But there is spike in activities of late due to an upcoming deadline from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking views on this initiative. While I was happy that someone is trying to provide basic internet services to majority of our…