Thiruvananthapuram : In the wake of the reluctance being shown by some government departments in allowing other departments to access their data, the state government has issued a circular directing all departments to share data with each other.
The need for inter-department data access was felt for the speedy issue of various documents lost by people in the flood. The government is now conducting single-window adalats at flood-hit areas to retrieve and issue copies of documents like SSLC books, ration cards and driving licence.
Earlier, there were repor-ts of differences between motor vehicles department and civil supplies department on sharing data to detect those who availed of BPL ration cards by furnishing bogus documents.
IT secretary M. Sivasankar has issued a fresh circular pointing out that the government of Kerala is the custodian of all government data hosted in the state data centres and hence all departments should share the application programming interfaces with other departments for speedy implementation of various schemes.
"All departments are strictly instructed to ensure that the important programmes and schemes of the government are not delayed at any circumstances due to the non-sharing of the data available with government departments and institutions," said the circular.
According to the circular, the departments that require the application programming interface of any other department can take up the matter with the electronics and IT department or the Kerala State IT Mission. Departments should also share the applications immediately on receipt of the request....