"Industry Must Understand the Pains of the Government,"

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alt="Anil Bakht, member, IT Task Force" width="269" height="391"> size="2" COLOR="#016077">Anil Bakht is

wearing several hats. He heads a software company; he is a member of the IT Task Force;

and he happens to be the son of Sikandar Bakht, the union Industries minister. In an

interview with
Ibrahim Ahmad, COLOR="#000000"> he unleashes his views on many a development in the

communications industry. Excerpts:

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size="2" face="Arial">Anil Bakht,

member, IT Task Force


IT Task Force has several sub-groups and there is the group on telecom. As infotech and

telecom will go hand in hand, what kind of co-operation is taking place between the two?

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As of now, there is a
separate group that has been set up for telecom as it is the biggest issue.

size="2" COLOR="#016077">But what about the synergy between them? In the long run,

computers and communications are going to integrate...
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This is a very senior group
consisting of ministers as well. They can get all the information and inputs that they

want from the IT Task Force and from any other source they want. But this initiative

itself is a very positive thing to happen.

COLOR="#016077">It is being felt that the biggest bottleneck comes from DoT? face="Times New Roman" size="2">

DoT with all its problems is
changing. It might not be fast enough for the private entrepreneur. But I think now we

must focus on the positive developments.

Many senior DoT personnel

have 25-30 years of experience and they have their own ways of doing things. That was the

mandate given to them by the leadership of that time. DoT with four lakh employees is not

very easy to change. There are a lot of issues involved—investments, political will,

letting go of revenues today for benefits that will come tomorrow, and so on. DoT is

concerned about its loss of revenues. One has to approve it. Some minister has to take

that decision. DoT cannot decide to forego revenues.

Is there enough political


I have a very different view

about these initiatives. A lot of political will is needed, but I am thankful about

whatever is happening. These are very positive changes for the IT as well as the telecom

industry. If it was a matter of a few crores of rupees, it would have been easy. But if it

involves several thousand crores rupees, it needs a lot of discussion.

COLOR="#016077">But for a long time, there was no communications minister ... face="Times New Roman" size="2">

That’s true. But now we
have one. Let’s hope things will improve faster now.

COLOR="#016077">Because you are a Task Force member, it seems you are supporting the


As a member of the IT Task

Force, I will have to go beyond my narrow interests as an entrepreneur. I cannot shut my

eyes and say that I am only worried about my profits. We have to understand the priorities

of the industry and the government. The way DoT is co-operating today was unthinkable 10

years ago. We do not want to upset the bandwagon of the bureaucracy, but wherever it needs

to be done in the larger interest, we will do it. We have to work together as a team. The

industry must understand the pains of the Government and vice versa.

COLOR="#016077">But as an entrepreneur are you satisfied with the political will and the

pace of changes?

Though a lot more has to be

done, I am very satisfied. Internet is available in 40 odd cities and will be available in

400 cities in the next one year’s time. Rates for international calls are also coming


COLOR="#016077">How will all the plans be achieved by a government which itself is so


I personally feel that

instability is very good for us. Politicians now want to get things done fast. They know

only politics will not get them success and that people want economic growth and