The government has clarified in a press statement that its contact tracing app Aarogya Setu was launched by Government of India in public private partnership mode on April 2. The Aarogya Setu App was developed in 21 days, to respond to the exigencies of the pandemic with lockdown restrictions. The objective was to build “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,” ” the ministry of electronics and IT said on Wednesday. The clarification comes after orders passed by the Central Information Commission regarding an RTI query with regard to Aarogya Setu App.
In the notice to the CPIOs (chief public information officers) of MEITY, National Informatics Centre and NeGD (national e-governance division) CIC questioned why the penalty of the RTI Act should not be imposed on them for not adequately answering an RTI application related to Aarogya Setu App. "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 said in the order.
"None of the CPIOs were able to explain anything regarding who created the App, where are the files, and the same is extremely preposterous", he added. The MEITY press statement also said that as per the orders of the CIC, CPIOs of MeitY, NeGD and NIC have been directed to appear on 24th November 2020. “MeitY is taking necessary steps to comply with the orders of the CIC.” It added that the names of all those associated with the development of the App and management of the App ecosystem at various stages was shared when the source code was released in Open/Public Domain. T