ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Refractory Industry- Continuing Idle Capacity

April 9, 1977 all of the computers in India) and declared an annual taxable income of over Rs 7 crores. The Public Accounts Committee (1975-76), in their Report on Computerisation in Government Departments, has provided some evidence of how their growth is particularly illustrative of multinational operation in what can only be described as a collaborative environment. After the strictures of the Auditor General on the Railways (1971-72) for inadequate use of their computers and irregularities in their contracts with IBM, two previous Public Account Committees (1973-74 and 1974-75) failed to obtain information on IBM's dealings from the ministries concerned and it was only in 1975-76, "after a great deal of persuasion", that some of this was provided (the Ministry of Commerce had not supplied full information even by this time). The nature of the evidence makes the reason for the reluctance clear: the PAC found that in practically all phases of its activities, IBM had been the beneficiary of lax government scrutiny and a great deal of the operation of the company was shrouded by bureaucratic miasma.

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