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Update info: CS to depts

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 appears to suffer from a mismatch between the intentions and ground reality.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 15:30 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 appears to suffer from a mismatch between the intentions and ground reality.

Many departments have just not bothered to update information on the government portals for at least five years, raising doubt about Government’s sincerity on 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 is updated on portal and reviewed on monthly basis.

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

He 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 undertaken in August 2004. Information about area under kharif and rabi is also outdated. Website of Co-operation Department too has outdated information — some as old as 2001-02.

As per the site, the Social Welfare Department issued the 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 information as far back as two years on ground, surface water and the quality of water.