The Central Information Commission on 27th October 2020 issued show-cause notices to the Central Public Information Officers (CPIOs) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), National Informatics Centre and National E-Governance Division (NeGD) to show reasons as to why penalty u/s 20 of the Right To Information Act should not be imposed on them for prima facie obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply on an RTI application related to Aarogya Setu App. The statement comes after the Ministry and NIC were slammed by the CIC over their reply to an RTI, stating that they did not have any information about the “creation” of the Aarogya Setu application promoted by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The development comes in a complaint filed by one Saurav Das, stating that the relevant authorities had failed to furnish information about the process of creation of the App and other information related thereto.
Information Commissioner Vanaja N. Sarna pointed out that the website of the application mentions that the content on it is “owned, updated and maintained” by MyGov and MeitY, and directed the CPIO of the Ministry to explain in writing why they did not have the requisite information.
Show-cause notices have been issued to S.K. Tyagi, Deputy Director and CPIO, D.K. Sagar, Deputy Director, Electronics, and R.A. Dhawan, Senior General Manager (HR and Admn) and CPIO, NeGD. The Commission directs the above-mentioned CPIOs to appear before the bench on 24.11.2020 at 01.15 pm to show cause as to why action should not be initiated against them under Section 20 of the RTI Act.