New Delhi: The Central Government on Wednesday said that the Aarogya Setu app was developed in the most transparent manner with public-private collaboration in record time to fight the coronavirus.
The clarification came after it emerged in the morning that the Central Information Commission issued notice for the “evasive answers” of the government on who created the contact tracing app. Government now asserted that the names of those associated with the app were already in the public domain, it asserted.
“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,” the government clarified.
According to the Central Information Commission, various Ministries and departments had given “evasive answers” to a Right to Information (RTI) query on who created the Aarogya Setu app, despite its website showing it was developed by the National Informatics Centre.
RTI body said in the notice denial of information by authorities cannot be accepted.
“None of the Chief Public Information Officers were able to explain anything regarding who created the app, where are the files, and this is extremely preposterous,” the notice reads.
The complaint was filed by activist Saurav Das to the information commission that various Ministries had failed to provide information about the creation of the app.
With Inputs from NDTV and Economic Times