Home / Politics / Policy /  Andhra Pradesh rejects Telangana’s allegation of copying govt data

Hyderabad: Dismissing the Telangana government’s allegation that it has violated copyright laws in submitting data to the centre for ease of doing business (EoDB) presentation, the Andhra Pradesh (AP) government on Wednesday said the charge is baseless and slanderous.

“Their accusation has absolutely no basis. I would call this simple, pure slander. Nothing else, but slander. When we come to the material accusation, it says that we used the same notification number, we have copied," said Parakala Prabhakar, adviser (communications) to the AP government.

“The point is that on 10 June 2016, the notification is given by the high court which is a common high court for both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. So the notification number which is given by the high court is applicable to both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh," Prabhakar said.

“If Telangana cites that notification number, we also cite that notification number. Because it’s the same," he said.

In a fresh row between the two sibling states, the Telangana government on Wednesday accused Andhra Pradesh of violating copyright laws by reproducing their web designs and data formats that were submitted to the centre for EoDB presentation.

Telangana also said it filed a case with the cybercrime cell against Andhra Pradesh alleging it has indulged in “plagiarism" by copying their web designs and data formats that were submitted to the ministry of commerce.

The AP official gave a point by point rebuttal to the Telangana government’s charge. Referring to the Telangana government’s allegation that the AP government uploaded after 30 June and copied theirs, Prabhakar said his government has not uploaded anything after midnight of 30 June.

“What we have done and what every other state does, if DIPP or World Bank asks for any clarification, we only give clarification. But primary data is not uploaded after 30 June midnight, although there is a provision, because the DIPP has relaxed. Because their servers have malfunctioned. But by then, we already completed all the 340 questions; we have given information," he said.

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