Who Made Aarogya Setu App? NIC Called Out for ‘Evasive Reply’

The Central Data Fee on Tuesday requested the Nationwide Informatics Centre (NIC) to clarify why it doesn’t have any details about the creation of the Aarogya Setu app regardless of having its title on the app’s web site. The statutory physique additionally issued show-cause notices to varied Chief Public Data Officers (CPIOs) in addition to the Nationwide e-Governance Division (NeGD), Ministry of Electronics and Data Expertise (MeitY), and NIC for not offering an evasive response to an RTI utility associated the contact tracing app that has crores of customers.

Taking motion in response to a grievance filed by activist Saurav Das towards the NIC, the Fee requested NIC CPIO Swarup Dutta to clarify why a penalty below part 20 of the RTI Act shouldn’t be imposed on the Centre for “prima facie obstruction of data” and giving an “evasive reply” to the RTI utility submitted by the complainant, as initially reported by LiveLaw.in, a authorized circumstances monitoring website.

“The Fee directs the CPIO, NIC to clarify this matter in writing as to how the web site https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/ was created with the area title gov.in, if they don’t have any details about it,” Data Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna said within the order.

The grievance filed by Das said that NIC, NeGD, and MeitY had failed to offer details about the creation of the Aarogya Setu app. The complainant had sought particulars together with the origin of the proposal for the app in addition to its approval particulars, corporations concerned, people and authorities departments included, and copies of communications between personal individuals concerned in growing the app.

Along with giving instructions to authorities our bodies included within the grievance, the Fee famous within the determination that the NeGD CPIO couldn’t clarify why it delayed responding to the RTI utility for nearly two months and that too informing that the data sought isn’t associated to the division.

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