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Over 920 government websites fail quality audit

All central government secretaries have been asked to ensure that there is up-to-date governance related information.

Published: 30th May 2016 07:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2016 07:54 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Over 920 websites of various central government departments have failed in quality certification forcing the Centre to issue 115-point parameters for strict compliance by them.

All central government secretaries have been asked to ensure that there is up-to-date governance related information on the websites and no "page under construction" links.

"The government is striving hard for implementation of the agenda 'minimum government and maximum governance' and 'Digital India' for making governance citizen friendly in the country.

"Recently, the Standard Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate had done the audit of 957 government websites and it was found that only 31 of them were Guidelines of Indian Government Websites (GIGW) compliant," said C Viswanath, Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG).

This means a total of 926 websites have failed in quality parameters by STQC office. The implementation of the GIGW guidelines by all the government entities in a time-bound manner will go a long way in improving governance in the country, he said.

In a strong-worded communique to all secretaries, Viswanath said the DARPG has been "repeatedly addressing" ministries through various letters, meetings and workshops on the need of getting their websites GIGW compliant. Cabinet Secretary has also written to you ministry or department, he said. Seeking personal intervention of respective secretaries, the DARPG has issued 115 matrices and sought a monthly report on the implementation of GIGW guidelines.

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