During the Corona virus epidemic, where the Aarogya Setu app was made mandatory everywhere in India, now question marks are being raised about this app. Yes, recently some information related to the app was sought in an RTI, to which the National Informatics Center (NIC) was unable to respond. The Central Information Commission on Tuesday questioned the National Informatics Center (NIC) as to how it has been unable to provide information about the creator of the app, despite the name of the Aarogya Setu app appearing on its website. The Commission has directed various Chief Public Information Officers (CPIOs) as well as National e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NIC for non-compliance with the RTI application related to the contact tracing app. Show cause notice has been issued.

Taking action on the complaint against NIC by activist Saurav Das, the commission has questioned the NIC CPIO as to why he could not give a clear answer to the RTI application filed by the petitioner. Let us tell you, first of all, legal case tracing website LiveLaw.in was given by

The Information Commissioner said in the order, “The Commission orders the CPIO, NIC to explain in writing how the website https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/ was created with the gov.in domain name, if their I didn’t even have any information about it.”

The petition filed by Das states that NIC, NeGD and MeitY have been unable to provide information related to the creation of the Aarogya Setu app. Let us tell you, the complainant had sought information like the origin of the proposal of the app, details of the approval it got, the copy of the conversation between the companies involved, individuals and government departments as well as the people who developed the app.

Apart from giving directions to government bodies, the commission in its judgment also noted that the NeGD CPIO could not explain why they were delayed by almost two months in replying to the RTI application. The requested information is not with their department.

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