Facilitating the Aarogya Setu application installation rules for company staff, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Sunday evening (May 17) in its new rules that companies should guarantee the installation of the application on the ‘best effort basis.’
The earlier guidelines released had required installation of the Aarogya Setu touch tracing device. The app was supposed to be downloaded and all public and private sector employees were to follow up on this.
“Employers on best effort basis should ensure that Aarogya Setu is installed by all employees having compatible mobiles phones” While this time the government has asked employers to put their best efforts to get the app installed by the employees, last time the word “mandatory” was used and the head of organisations were made responsible to ensure 100 percent coverage of the app. Also, making the app mandatory had created some confusion previously regarding those individuals who did not own a smartphone. In the new rules, this doubt has been clarified with the use of term “compatible mobiles phones”. Home Ministry said in the new guidelines.
The software was not made compulsory for the general public, too. The guidelines state, “District authorities can urge individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobile phones and update their health status on the app on a regular basis.” However, in the last guidelines, the app has become mandatory for people living in a containment zone.
However, the app has been made mandatory for train journeys. In addition, Aarogya Setu is a must for those who plan to board commercial flights once they become operational.
Meanwhile, the Aarogya Setu currently has more than 10 individuals who have signed up for the crore. In fact, the app’s variety of downloads has been steadily expanding and has also been actually advertised by authorities.
Privacy concerns surrounding the app have, in addition, also increased. In addition, the use of GPS information has been explicitly investigated by proponents of personal data privacy.
While the term ‘obligatory’ may have been dropped from workplace usage guidelines, the app is still needed for air travel, train travel and even for most central government employees.