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Committee for Tenth Five Year Plan (2002-2007).
partial modification to the notification dated 21st December 2000,
it is decided that Shri N.K. Singh, Member, Planning Commission will
be the Chairman of the Steering Committee in place of Shri M.S. Ahluwalia,
Member, who proceeded on foreign assignment recently. Shri N.K. Singh's
e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
the context of preparation Tenth Five Year Plan(2002-2007) it has
been decided to constitute a Steering Committee on Communication and
Information covering Telecom, Information Technology(IT), Information
and Broadcasting(l and B) and Postal sectors to make recommendations
on the various policy matters relevant to the formulation of the Tenth
Five Year Plan.
The Composition of the proposed Steering Committee will be as follows:
Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Member, Planning Commission e-mail: email@example.com
R.P.Sinha, Principal Adviser, Planning Commission. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shyamal Ghosh, Secretary, Telecommunications. e-mail: email@example.com
Vinay Kohli, Secretary, Information Technology. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
B.N. Som, Secretary, Posts. e-mail: email@example.com
Pawan Chopra, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anil Baijal, CEO, Prasar Bharti. e-mail: email@example.com
Rajan, Member (Technology), Telecom Commission. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Finance) Telecom Commission. e-mail: email@example.com
S. Seth, CMD
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL). e-mail: email@example.com
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gautam Soni, Adviser, Ministry of Information Technojogy. e-mail: email@example.com
Deepak Parekh, Chairman IDFC Raman House, 2nd Floor, 169, Backbay
Mumbai - 400020. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI Tansen Marg, New Delhi-
110001. e-mail: email@example.com
J.S. Bhagwati, Jt. Secretary (ECB), Deptt. of Economic Affairs,
Ministry of Finance.
Arvind Virmani, Adviser (DP), Planning Commission. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nirmal Singh, Director (C and l), Planning Commission. e-mail: email@example.com
Sudheendra Kulkarni, Prime Minister's Office (PMO). e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
K. Harish or
Any other representative of the Confederation of Indian Industries
Deepak Parekh, Chairman, IDFC, Raman House, 2nd Floor, Opposite
Asian Games Village,
New Delhi - 110026.
Dilip Chenoy, Confederation of Indian Industries (Cll), 23,
Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi- 110023. e-mail: email@example.com
Vinay L. Deshpande, President and Chairman, MAIT PHD Hosue,
Opposite Asian Games Village, New Delhi - 110016. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arun Kumar or
Any other representative of the Associated Chambers of Commerce
and Industries of India.
Vandrevala, Chairman, NASSCOM.
Alyque Padamsee, Media person. e-mail: email@example.com
T.N. Ninan, Editor, Business Standard. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nandan Nilkhani Infosys Technologies. e-mail: email@example.com
Pankaj Jatote, Professor and Head Deptt. of Computer Science
and Engineering IIT Kanpur.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee will be -
- To take an integrated view of the development of telecommunications,
IT and I and B sectors including the state of the industries, services
and the technological developments in these areas; convergence of
technology, delivery systems and applications and to determine the
needs of the individual sectors as well as new services emerging
out of convergence.
- To assess the requirement of bandwidth for proper growth of IT and
suggest ways and means for achieving the expansion of Internet in
- To suggest measures for promotion of e-governance at various levels
in the Government starting from Gram Panchayat level and to suggest
strategy to be adopted in this regard.
- To suggest measures to address the issue of digital divide and taking
the benefits of IT to the masses.
- To suggest measures for ensuring seamless transition to convergence
of IT, telecommunication and information and broadcasting sectors.
- To evolve the Approach for Information Technology sector for the
Tenth Plan keeping in view the comparative advantage, strengths
and weaknesses of the IT industry, international scenario including
WTO regime and the national goal of making India an IT super power.
- To assess year-wise capacity and production for the different sub-sectors
of the IT industry for the Tenth Five Year Plan period (2002-2007)
in line with the perspective up to 2010 AD taking into account domestic
requirements and export potential.
- To make an assessment of the likely exports and imports taking into
account the options available with respect to "make v/s buy"
and also to assess year-wise projections for the Tenth Five Year
- To estimate the investments required to be made in the public and
private sector to achieve projections for the Tenth Five Year Plan.
- To critically review the impact of the various policy measures already
initiated, identifying the constraints and to suggest further policy
framework to be adopted to achieve the set goals.
- To examine the adequacy to the existing infrastructure facilities
like Standardisation, Testing and Quality Assurance Centres, National
and Regional Computer Centres, Components -and Materials Development
Centres, and Manpower Development and training centres etc. in areas
of electronics, computer networks and networking centres etc. and
to recommend steps for optimal utilisation of the existing facilities.
- To evolve Approach on Telecom Sector for the 10th Plan keeping in
view the basic goal of development of world class telecom infrastructure
to support accelerated growth of IT and other sectors of the economy,
objectives of New Telecom Policy (1999)r convergence of services
and markets, international scenario in the wake of WTO/IPR regimes
and other relevant factors.
- To make recommendations on development of an appropriate system
of telecom network in rural areas which should be affordable but
self-financing and capable of supporting a multi-media system of
- To make recommendations on the further restructuring/reforms required
in the telecom sector in the post - convergence scenario.
- To suggest measures to be adopted for promoting private sector investment
in the light of the experience gained so far and the requirement
of funds for future growth.
- To review the performance of telecom equipment manufacturing sector
so far, identify the constraints and make recommendations for evolving
an appropriate policy to ensure growth on the pattern of software
- To evolve Approach on Postal Sector for the 10th Plan keeping in
view the strengths/weaknesses of Postal Sector, socio-economic needs
of the country, objectives of providing world class postal services
at affordable prices, international commitments of the country at
Universal Postal Union, WTO etc.
- To make recommendations on the restructuring/reforms required to
make the Department of Posts self-financing.
- To make recommendations on extent of privatisation of services and
need and form of regulation required.
- Role of post offices in promoting/facilitating e-comrnerce and the
process of certification.
- To examine the issue of optimum utilization of land, buildings and
other physical infrastructure including commercial exploitation
of properties held by Departments in metres and big cities and suggest
an appropriate action plan in this regard with a view to generate
additional resources for financing pian expenditure.
and Broadcasting Sector
- To evolve Approach to the Information and Broadcasting sector for
the 10th Plan keeping in view the emerging trends in radio, television
and IT enabled media applications.
- To examine the extent to which expansion of transmission network
is needed and the best way to provide the reach of radio and television
signals to the uncovered areas.
- To assess the total needs of investment in broadcasting infrastructure
including that for content creation and to assess the extent of
private investment that may come forward in the 10th Plan period
and beyond and as to what steps should be taken to stimulate private
- To assess the human resources needed for the telecommunications,
broadcasting, media, internet and IT and to suggest road map for
making the same available.
- To assess the status of the Film Industry and to suggest policy
measures and other steps necessary to ensure production of good,
socially relevant and aesthetically creative films.
- To take a look at the needs of government publicity including sectoral
publicity programmes and to re-assess institutional arrangements
for bringing out Government publications, advertisements and media
Any other item that the Planning Commission or the Steering Group,
deems necessary to be included for making the recommendations useful.
The Steering Group may set up Working Groups to go into specific sectors
or issues for detailed information gathering and analysis. The Chairman
of the Steering Group may coopt any person whose knowledge or expertise
is considered to be useful to the Working Groups or the Steering Group
and may invite any such person to specific meetings.
The non-official members of the Committee will be paid TA / DA by
Planning Commission as per SR 190 ( a ) for attending meetings of
The Steering Committee shall submit its report by 30th April 2001.
Record of First Meeting