The National Informatics Centre (NIC), the body dedicated to designing and maintaining government websites, has said that it has no information about who has created the Aarogya Setu app and how it was created.
After the statement, the Chief Information Comnminsor has pulled up the NIC for its baffling reply. The CIC has now issued a show cause notice to NIC asking various chief public information officers to provide a reply to an RTI application that questioned the Covid-19 contact tracing up. The reply is a must, said the CIC.
The complaint was filed by a person named Saurav Das. Das had said that he sought to know the details about the app but neither NIC nor the Ministry of Electronics had divulged any information to him regarding the same.
Also, the startling fact is that the National Informatics Centre’s name is mentioned on the app’s website (https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/) but it does not have any information regarding it.
“The Commission directs the CPIO, NIC to explain this matter in writing as to how the website https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/ was created with the domain name gov.in, if they do not have any information about it,” Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna has ordered.
To note, Aarogya Setu, the COVID-19 tracking app was recently praised by the WHO for helping to trace COVID-19 clusters in India. After no data on the number of migrants workers who died during the lockdown and the number of students who died by suicide, Aarogya Setu is the lastest thing that the Indian government claims to have no information about.