Telangana lodged complaint with cyber crime police on Andhra Pradesh government
The Fight between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State over Plagiarism turned Ugly and Telangana state has lodged complaint with Cyber Crime Police alleging that some of its key application formats pertaining to commercial courts were copied from its website by andhra pradesh state.
The Telangana state government has accused Andhra Pradesh of violating copyright laws by reproducing their data formats and web designs that were submitted to the Centre for ‘ease of doing business’ presentation. Telangana claimed that “Even a spelling mistake and a specific nomenclature given by our experts were copied,”.
In a first-of-its-kind cyber crime, a State government has alleged cyber plagiarism by another State, and filed a criminal case.
Telangana Industry Minister KT Rama Rao has written to Union Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman asking her to look into the matter and take necessary action against andhra pradesh state government.
The recently launched Ease of Doing Business Index has attracted the attention of some States that have been faring well. Hosted on a website run by the DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), the dynamically changing list assesses various States based on their performance on a host of parameters.
Though the rankings don’t entail any additional financial benefits, it is being used by the States for marketing and soliciting investments. The World Bank has increased the number of questions in the questionnaire from 96 about two years ago to 340, virtually testing a government’s ability to provide a hassle-free environment to do business.
Andhra Pradesh state stood second after Gujarat in the maiden rankings in September 2015, leaving Telangana state at the 13th rank.