LIVE UPDATES: Clarification from government on Aarogya Setu App after notice from RTI body for evasive reply

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The Indian government on Wednesday issued a detailed clarification on the contact-tracing mobile application Aarogya Setu hours after the Central Information Commission pulled up the Ministry of Electronics, National Informatics Centre and National e-Governance Division for evasive replies on an RTI application. The CIC had sent notices to these government departments asking them to explain why they shouldn’t be penalised for the obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply.

In response, the ministry of electronics of the central government issued a detailed clarification. It said, “On all such occasions, it has been clearly mentioned that the AarogyaSetu App has been developed by NIC in collaboration with volunteers from Industry and Academia. AarogyaSetu app has been developed in the most transparent manner and all details and documents including Privacy Policy and AarogyaSetu Data Access & Knowledge Sharing Protocols issued on 11th May 2020 has been uploaded on the AarogyaSetu Portal – aarogyasetu.gov.in. The portal has all details about the App including those regarding How the App works, COVID updates and Why one should use AarogyaSetu. Regular updates about AarogyaSetu App have been shared on all Social media platforms as also Government portals. Several TV shows and media briefings also have shared complete details about the App, its development and how it is assisting the fight against COVID19.”

The CIC, in its show-cause notice, had said that ‘none of the CPIOs were able to explain anything regarding who created the App, where are the files, and the same is extremely preposterous.’

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

21:22 PM: Income Tax Department recovers ‘unexplained’ cash of more than Rs 50 lakh and some jewellery after raiding businesses linked to BSP MP Malook Nagar from Bijnor in UP: News agency PTI quoting officials

18:21 PM: Court in Mumbai asks police to initiate inquiry against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly posting ‘hateful’ and ‘derogatory’ statements against a particular community on social media. (PTI)

17:34 PM: The #SupremeCourt, while hearing a PIL seeking a ban on #stubbleburning in the states neighbouring #Delhi, on Thursday told the advocates in the matter that they should switch from their “big and beautiful cars” to bicycles. (IANS)

16:59 PM: ED arrests Bineesh Kodiyeri, son of Kerala CPI(M) leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, in a drugs-related money laundering case: Officials. (PTI)

16:48 PM: Former Chief Minister #MehboobaMufti said #JammuandKashmir has been converted into a jail where voices of politicians, journalists and civil society members are being stifled. (IANS)

16:03 PM: Election Commission orders immediate removal of DM, SP of Munger in Bihar over violence during goddess Durga idol immersion that had left one dead and scores injured: Officials. (PTI)

15:44 PM: Delhi court closes criminal defamation case against BJP leader Kapil Mishra after he tenders unconditional apology to AAP leader and Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. (PTI)

15:13 PM: govt hikes price of ethanol used for doping in petrol by 5-8%, says i&b minister prakash javadekar after cabinet meeting. (PTI)

14:38 PM: #Bengaluru police have arrested former #BJP councillor #BKVenkatesh following a complaint filed by the #Karnataka state unit #Congress leaders. (IANS)

13:32 PM: SC stays Uttarakhand HC order on lodging FIR against CM Trivendra Singh Rawat on corruption allegations. (PTI)

12:57 PM: UP: Senior Congress leader and former MP from Unnao, Annu Tandon resigns from primary membership of party citing “misalignment with the state-level leadership.” (PTI)

12:21 PM: #BahujanSamajParty President @Mayawati on Thursday expelled seven MLAs and blamed the @samajwadiparty for being anti-#Dalit. (IANS)

11:32 AM: In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old killed his father in a fit of rage and took cues from TV serial ‘#CrimePatrol’ to destroy the evidence. (IANS)

10:39 AM: An abandoned newborn baby was found in a sugarcane field in #UttarPradesh’s #Moradabad, the fourth such incident in the district in two months. (IANS)

09:43 AM: India records 49,881 new COVID-19 cases, 517 fatalities taking virus caseload to 80,40,203, death toll to 1,20,527: Govt. (PTI)

09:25 AM: #France will go into national lockdown starting from Friday to stem the second wave of the #coronavirus epidemic, President #EmmanuelMacron announced. (IANS)

08:41 AM: 3rd person arrested in the murder case of 21-year old woman in #Ballabhgarh. Ajru, who provided country-made pistol to the main accused Tausif, arrested from Nuh district after raids were conducted at dozens of places: Faridabad Police #Haryana (ANI)

08:38 AM: Delhi’s COVID-19 situation gets worse, over 3.7 lakh with 5,673 infections recorded in a day; death toll climbs to 6,396 with 40 new fatalities, reports PTI

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