Â The introduction of digital signature use in India Â by a mandatory provision in several Government transactions and the expectations that Magistrates will start using digital signatures to sign orders shortly brings to focus the need for urgent education of the users in Government sector to educate the concerned individuals.
One of the practical difficulties in this regard is that there are a very few reliable trainers in this field and they are in the private sector. We have indicated in these columns that even the Certifying Authorities and the Ministry of Information Technology themselves are not clear on many of the legal issues and hence are part of the misinformation that prevails in the market.
Naavi and Cyber Law College has been in the forefront of such education and has been conducting many awareness building lectures, workshops and seminars all over the country. In the coming months, this effort needs to be multiplied several times even if we need to reach the bare minimum level of education required in the e-governance sector.
The tragedy is that though the Government allocates crores of rupees to e-Governance budget, the money is spent only in acquisition of computer hardware and a little on software. Investment on education is very little. This makes it extremely difficult for professional workforce to be built up for this important social obligation.
It is our observation that most Judicial Academies and Police Departments do not have the budget to organize seminars in a professional manner and hence settle for a few free lectures of an on from experts.
Unless this trend changes, we have to settle for continuation of Cyber Law Ignorance in the Government sector which will lead to more problems in the coming days.
It is now understood that the Government of India has allocated Rs 4.5 billion for the current face of digitization of the courts in India. It is suggested that at least 10 % of this is reserved for education and training.