The incident came to light when Mumbai-based whistleblower HR Kosia had filed an RTI to get information about some corrupt officials

Digital India anyone CVC website crashes data on corrupt officials could be lost forever
Atom Technology Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 09:16

In a big blow to the PM’s Digital India mission, the website of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) which houses data on corrupt officials has crashed, as per a report by Mohul Ghosh in Trak.in.

Moreover, as there is no backup of the crashed database, the date could be lost forever, the report adds.

The CVC website was maintained by one of India’s top IT firms Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) thereby raising questions on the efficacy of the IT industry as well.

The website reportedly crashed in November and was inoperative since then. The portal is now working but it is not confirmed whether the database is functioning or not, the report says.

As a result of the website crashing, all data relating to corrupt government officials till November 28, has effectively been lost, adds the report.

The incident came to light when Mumbai-based whistleblower HR Kosia had filed an RTI on a case to get information about some corrupt officials.

CVC director and Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) Jyoti Trivedi stated in reply to the RTI: “… due to a technical problem in the working of complaint portal of the Commission, it is not possible to provide the action taken on your complaint at this stage”.

Kosia while expressing doubt regarding the data crash, said, “The portal crashing on November 28, CVC’s contract with TCS ending just next month, no AMC either between the two and there is no back up of data – all these cannot be coincidences. There is more to it than meets the eye. The PM should have an inquiry ordered into it.”

Meanwhile, the CVC has responded by saying that the maintenance work was transferred from TCS to National Informatics Centre (NIC) last year and claimed that there has been no loss of data but some technical issues persist due to which they are unable to read some of the old data.

He also sought to reassure that they have all the data for 2015-16, since they keep a backup of all files for at least one year as per norms.

 

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