Guntur: It was one of the glorious departments during the reign of Chandrababu Naidu. Visited by many foreign dignitaries, it was once the focal point for governance in CMO. Real-Time Governance aka RTG which gave a techie sophisticated vibes back then is now slowly losing its sheen. With passing time, it has now become a case study for misleading governance with fake numbers. Many political analysts claim that RTG is partly responsible for the Chandrababu losing this election. Completely relying on the numbers and reports of RTG and ignoring the on-field scenarios can be quoted as one of the reasons.
As claimed by the so-called official from the department, the main function of RTG is to monitor the state 24*7 and update it to the Chief Minister with daily reports. But is the technical support that advanced as it claimed? No, it neither had such intricate personnel nor technology when compared to the fund it drew. When visited the first thing that grabs the attention are the wall-sized LEDs that displays various cities across the state. Isn’t this the job to be done in the traffic police control room?
RTG also states that it continuously measures the satisfaction levels of citizens with various government welfare schemes. However, the officials from the respective department were already reporting to CM regarding the schemes. Seems like the ex-CM didn’t trust these official and had completely relied on RTG thereby digging his trap. Especially few bureaucrats like Ahmed Babu has allegedly pushed the ex-CM into an illusion with numbers around 80%, 90% and at times over 99% public satisfaction.
On this note, the new CM who seems to roll up his sleeves to wipe out all possible traces of the previous government, is now reportedly zeroing on RTG. Considering the suggestions from his close allies, Jagan is now making moves to take a stringent decision on RTG. The question remains unanswered of whether Jagan will terminate the whole department or will he just change the name and continue it with new norms.