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?Update info on Govt portals?

THE STATE Government has introduced Outcome Budget this year to enable people to know how each department will spend its budgetary allocation. However, the unique move for transparency suffers from a mismatch ? between the intentions and ground reality.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 00:34 IST

THE STATE Government has introduced Outcome Budget this year to enable people to know how each department will spend its budgetary allocation. However, the unique move for transparency suffers from a mismatch – between the intentions and ground reality.

Many departments have just not bothered to update information on the government portals for as long as five years, casting doubt on sincerity of the Government for adopting e-governance and IT policy. However, things are likely to improve soon as Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahni has taken note of the lapse. 

In a circular to all senior officers, the Chief Secretary has asked all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries to ensure that information about their departments are updated on portal and reviewed on monthly basis.

Sahni also asked the system administrator to report him on 10th of every month about progress made by departments for updating information. 

He has also issued directives to NIC to make such arrangements in the software so that date of updating information would be known to system administrator

A quick browsing of the government portals reveals that departments like Agriculture, Cooperation, Forest, Medical Education, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief & Rehabilitation, and Culture have failed to update information on their respective portals. Finance, Commercial Tax, Information Technology departments’ portals are, however, well updated.

The Agriculture department website has information about cropping patterns of 2003-04. It speaks of the last training that was undertaken in August 2004. Information about area under kharif and rabi are also outdated. Website of Cooperation department too has outdated information, some as old as 2001-02.

As per the site, the Social Welfare Department issued last order in June 2004. Portals of departments like Food and Civil Supplies, Forest, Medical Education, Water Resources, Public Works also need updating on many counts.

The WRD portal shows some two-year old information about ground, surface water and about the quality of water. Similarly, portal of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection department gives outdated information on the Public Distribution System.