Telangana alleges cyber theft by AP

The Telangana government levelled serious charges against the AP government accusing the latter of thievery in a bid to boost its prospects of climbing up in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) ranking of the states.
The industries department of Telangana also lodged a complaint with the cyber crime wing of the police accusing Andhra Pradesh government of stealing its online application format for filing of cases as part of the EODB protocol. In addition, state industries minister K T Rama Rao wrote a letter to Union minister of commerce and industries Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday listing out the violations and unethical practices of the AP government.
The two sibling states have been wooing investors from both within and out of India to set up industries and other employment and wealth creating ventures in the two states.The EODB ranking is considered vital as it is given by the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP), Government of India which can be marketed as an official seal of approval of the amount of care and assistance a state is willing to provide to an investor. The DIPP introduced rankings to various states for implementing EODB norms to attract investments and the states had till June 30 to submit replies to 340 questions on what the states are doing to improve their EODB on the DIPP website. The DIPP , however, extended the date till July 7 as there were some technical problems on the website on June 28 and 29 and some states could not upload their replies. It, however, said the reforms should have been implemented before June 30. Telangana submitted replies for all 340 questions by June 30.
The Telangana government alleged that the AP government stole its online application prepared by its officials and after the chief secretary Rajiv Sharma discussed this issue with the principal secretary of the industries department Arvind Kumar, the government decided to initiate legal action against those responsible for the theft. A high-level meeting was then held chaired by the Rama Rao with the industry department officials. “The AP government has been at the bottom of the rankings. The deadline for submission of EODB questionnaire was extended by the Centre with a good intention but the AP government misused it. As it is not possible to improve the EODB rankings in a short time, the AP government has resorted to unethical and illegal means.The blatant copying of the Telangana government's online application procedure is an example,“ Arvind Kumar said.
Giving examples of violation under Section 63 (B) of Copy Right Act, he said the government had prepared a Commercial-Courts application and e-payment format on June 28 and submitted it to DIPP . The AP government has not done the same till the last day, i.e., midnight of June 30.
After the DIPP extended the deadline, the AP government copied the application form from the Telangana website and submitted it to DIPP .They even copied the spelling mistakes that were part of the Telangana government's submission.

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