The government has announced support of up to Rs 23 million for the development of indigenous video conferencing solutions through a competitive process.

To this end, in the first round of the competitive process, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), will be selecting 10 entities or start-ups for the development of a video conferencing solution under the Digital India. These entities will be given Rs 500,000 each for developing the prototype of the product.

Further, in the second round, three entities will be selected for the development of the final product and given Rs 2 million each.

As per the government, in order to provide initial market, the winning team with the best-judged solution will get a contract to deploy their solution for use by government of India and state government entities for a period of four years and will also be given Rs 10 million in the first year and an additional 1 million per year for three years after the first year towards operations and maintenance of the solution for the government. All the 10 teams including the winning team shall be free to market the product to any entity outside union or state government organisations of India by hosting it in an environment other than that for the government.

Further, the end product will be an Indian software product at par with International and audio quality, and should work in low and high network scenarios. The initiative is an attempt to promote Indian software products as envisaged under the National policy on software products.