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|March 24, 1999||
Vittal suggests legal action against Y2K laggardsChief Vigilance Commissioner N Vittal has said solving the Y2K problem in the country requires an alternative set of schemes than the ones being practised by the authorities.
In India, where computer penetration is only 1 per 1,000 people against the world average of 25,Y2K compliance cannot be guaranteed simply by issuing guidelines, Vittal said while delivering the keynote address at a seminar on Y2K. The event was organised by the National Association of Software and Service Companies in New Delhi.
He said CMC Limited, which used to maintain at one time 41 different kinds of computers, can indicate the extent of obsolescence in various legacy systems.
Then those systems, which are really obsolete, can be replaced with Y2K compliant ones.
The other option is to identify those departments and PSUs that have a Y2K problem and start a campaign to ensure that in the next nine months, sufficient corrective measures are taken.
To a question, Vittal said the feedback he received on his directives to banks to computerise their operations is quite encouraging.
US Ambassador Richard F Celeste said in his country many of the small agencies of the federal government and small business are reluctant to take measures to make their system free from the millennium bug.
Another problem is that many businesses are reluctant to share their experiences in solving the Y2K problem with the authorities.
S S Ghosh, chairman CMC, said his company has set up a helpdesk, which suggests ways to solve the Y2K problem.
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