The two Telugu States are witnessing a fresh row for political upmanship ahead of the elections. The use and misuse of technology is now the bone of contention between the two States and the political parties. The Telangana police raids on a IT company in Hyderabad, which serves the ruling Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh are seen as political tactics rather than the breach of official data base.
The IT company, IT Grids, has been serving the ruling TDP for the past three years. It had developed a mobile application – SevaMitra – for the TDP to reach out to its cadre right from the booth level in the village. The APP has the Aadhar linked data of its workers. More shocking is that the App also has the data of the beneficiaries of various government schemes. This had become the bone of contention. The YSR Congress finds fault with the IT company for having the data of the people, which was expected to be with the government. But, the TDP says that the data is used by the TDP cadre to find out if there are any shortcomings in implementation of the welfare schemes.
Whether going by the Opposition YSR Congress or by the ruling TDP, it is a fact that this IT firm has the data of the people. Leaking out the peoples’ data linked to the Aadhar, for any reason, is a big crime. Why did the State government allow the private IT firm to have access to the Aadhar linked data of the people is a big question! It’s claim that the data was given to provide better services to the people and ensure if the welfare benefits have reached them is not justifiable as the data is not with the government department, but with a private company.
The ruling TDP is now crying foul of the complaint by the YSR Congress and the action by the Telangana police. The TDP says that the YSR Congress and the TRS have joined together against the people of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, it was the same allegation that the TDP had made when Chandrababu Naidu was caught in the vote for note case. It is now to be seen how the TDP would save its face from the data leak case by handing over the precious government data to a private company in its advantage.