Who Created Aarogya Setu? RTI Body Pulls Up Government Over Evasive Reply -Arvind Gunasekar and Sreenivasan Jain

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published Published on Oct 28, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 28, 2020

-NDTV.com

The Central Information Commission has issued notice to the government for "evasive answers" on who created the Aarogya Setu app.

New Delhi: Millions of Indians have installed the Aarogya Setu, a contact tracing app that the government pushed as an essential tool in the fight against the coronavirus. But while Aarogya Setu's website says it was developed by the National Informatics Centre and the IT ministry, both have denied knowledge of who created the app in response to a Right to Information query.

The Central Information Commission has issued notice to the government for "evasive answers" on who created the Aarogya Setu app.

"Denial of information by authorities cannot be accepted," the top RTI body has said.

Activist Saurav Das had complained to the information commission that various ministries had failed to provide information about the creation of the app.

He had asked for details like the origin of the proposal for the app, its approval details, the companies involved, individuals and government departments included, and copies of communications between private people involved in developing the app.

Over a period of two months, the query bounced off various departments.

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NDTV.com, 28 October, 2020, https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/aarogya-setu-rti-body-pulls-up-government-over-denial-of-information-on-who-created-app-other-details-issues-notice-2316922?fbclid=IwAR1S3vHX0G0M7rWc-pbS1FCAeN8tLMNYpei1B2b81vFHweWPMubaDmVXzEY


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