RTI reveals Ministry of Electronics has no information about the creators of Aarogya Setu

An RTI filed two months ago revealed that the National Informatics Center (NIC), which designs government websites and falls under the Ministry of Electronics, has no information on the makers of the Aarogya Setu app. The Central Information Commission (CIC) asked the National Informatics Center (NIC) on Tuesday why it doesn’t have information on the makers of the Aarogya Setu when Aarogya Setu’s website mentions that it was designed, developed and hosted by NIC.

The CIC has also issued demonstration lawsuit notices to various Chief Public Information Officers (CPIOs), as well as the National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NIC for providing an evasive response to an RTI application related to the contact tracking app that has millions of users.

“The Commission orders the CPIO, NIC to explain the matter in writing as to how the website https://aarogyasetu.gov.in/ was created with the domain name gov.in, if they have no information. about it, “Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna said in the order, first reported by LiveLaw.com.

Saurav Das, the petitioner, filed a complaint against the competent authorities claiming that he did not provide information on the Aarogya Setu app creation process and other information related to its creation and further stated that neGC and MeitY had not provided any information regarding when creating the App.

Das sent out an RTI to get information about the app’s developer, but was surprised when NIC replied saying he had no information on creating the app despite being its developer. “None of the CPIOs have been able to explain anything about who created the App, where the files are, and the same is extremely absurd,” the CIC said.

Das had expressed concern and inquired about the files related to the creation of the app, which provided input for the creation and existing measures to verify the misuse of the personal data of millions of Indians. The commission noted that the authorities had used section 6 (3) of the law to transfer the RTI application to each other, but no one had disclosed any information.

“Recipients cannot just wash their hands by claiming that information is not available with them. It would have been necessary to make an effort to find the custodians of the information requested, by the public authorities concerned when apparently they are the interested parties, “the CIC said.

The National Informatics Center (NIC), which designs government websites and belongs to the Ministry of Electronics, has no information on the creation of the Aarogya Setu App, an RTI revealed.

News Underline:

  • An RTI filed two months ago revealed that the National Informatics Center has no information on the makers of the Aarogya Setu app.
  • The CIC questioned NIC asking how it has no information on Aarogya Setu’s creation when the website mentions that it was designed, developed and hosted by NIC.
  • The CIC also issued demonstration lawsuit notices to various Chief Public Information Officers (CPIOs) for giving an evasive response and said recipients “can’t just wash their hands saying there’s no information.”