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There is a drastic fall in the number of government orders (GOs) being uploaded on various state-run websites. Around 10 government departments headed by Telangana ministers, are not uploading all the orders on the official website.
The Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) department headed by Minister K.T. Rama Rao, uploaded 776 GOs in 2015. In 2016 this dropped to 508 and in 2017 to just five.
The rule under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act says the state government must publish all relevant documents while formulating important policies that affect the public. Also, Section 4 (1) (d) of the Act says that the government should provide reasons for its administrative decisions that are in connection with citizens. However, the decrease in number of GOs being uploaded shows that the government is operating contrary to the rules.
Citizens should note that if the government issues a GO against the public interest, one has the right to question and hold the government accountable in a court. Congress leader Dasoju Shravan in 2016 filed a writ petition in the High Court against the decision of the government to shut down certain websites publishing GOs. He told Deccan Chronicle, “There is lack of transparency; why is the government concealing a few GOs? When questioned in the Assembly the government termed these GOs as confidential. Why are people kept in the dark if it’s in public interest?”