Govt issues clarification after row over Aarogya Setu App

The Centre’s clarification came after the Central Information Commission (CIC) issued show-cause notice to government departments asking who has created the COVID-19 contact-tracing app.

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New Delhi: After reports emerged that government gave evasive answers to RTI query on who created Aarogya Setu App, the government has issued clarification that it was developed in most transparent manner with public-private collaboration in record time.

Abhishek Singh, CEO of MyGov and Digital India Corporation issued a clarification.

According to reports, Singh has claimed that the application was created by the NIC and the Information Technology Ministry in partnership with a private entity.

“The Aarogya Setu app was developed in a record time of around 21 days, to respond to the exigencies of the Pandemic with Lockdown restrictions only for the objective of building a Made in India Contact Tracing App with the best of Indian minds from Industry, Academia and Government, working round the clock to build a robust, scalable and secure app,” reported NDTV quoting government statement.

Arogya Setu is a contact tracing app, that was branded by the central government as a key tool to fight Covid-19 in India.

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The Centre’s clarification came after the Central Information Commission (CIC) issued show-cause notice to government departments asking who has created the COVID-19 contact-tracing app.

The complaint was filed by Saurav Das, who claims to have approached the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD) and the Ministry of Electronics and information technology.

The Arogya Setu App was downloaded by millions of Indians during lockdown and has been mandatory for officer-goers as well as for visiting restaurants, cinema halls, metro stations. But, Das says that neither NIC nor the ministry had any data regarding the creations of the app.