The National Informatics Centre (NIC) on the 28th of October, informed the Central Information Commission (CIC) regarding the Aarogya Setu App.
The NIC said they had no information about who created the Aarogya Setu app.
The CIC, in return, has asked the NIC and the CPIO to explain why it does not have any information about the creation of the Aarogya Setu app.
The Aarogya Setu App was created with a gov.in domain name and is widely used by citizens for the information about the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.
When the CIC asked the NIC about the creation of the app, none of the CPIOs were able to explain who created the app, where are the files, reported LiveLaw.
Vanaja N. Sarna, the Information Commissioner of CIC said, “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.”
The CIC has now issued show-cause notices to the CPIOs, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), NIC, and the National E Governance Division (NeGD) regarding the matter.
The summoned CPIOs were asked to appear before the bench on the 24th of November to show cause as to why action should not be initiated against them under Section 20 of the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
The CPIOs have also been directed to send a copy of all supporting documents on which they choose to rely upon during the hearing.
The development comes after a complaint that stated that the relevant authorities failed to provide information about the process of creation of the Aarogya Setu app and other information relating to its creation.
The complainant had stated that they had filed an RTI application with Aarogya Setu’s developer – NIC – which stated that it “does not hold the information” relating to the app’s creation.
The officials related to the issue were asked to appear before the concerned bench on the 24th of November.
Stay tuned for further updates.