New Delhi: In a rather surprising development, the National Informatics Centre, the body responsible for designing and maintaining government websites and apps has said that it has no information about who created the Aarogya Setu app, and how it was created.
This several months after the app gained much importance and significance. The government had made it mandatory for people to download the app amid COVID scare.
The Chief Information Commission has pulled up the NIC and issued a show cause notice to various chief public information officers asking them to provide a reply to an RTI application which questioned about the Covid-19 contact tracing up.
Aarogya Setu is a mobile application which helps in tracing people with COVID-19. It also informs the user about various advisories related to the virus.
The matter came to light following an RTI filed by activist Saurav Das who approached the NIC, National E-Governance Division (NeGD) and the ministry of electronics and information technology seeking to know about the creation of the application, which has been downloaded by millions of Indians. Downloading the app is mandatory for entering a few public places. But Das said that there was no data regarding the creations of the app. The CIC has also questioned the National Informatics Centre about why its name is on the website, but it does not have any information regarding it.
Information Commissioner of CIC, Vanaja N Sarna ordered: "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."