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MEITY has no information on who developed CoWIN app: RTI reply

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has "no information" of who developed the CoWIN app, or how much money was spent on making it, it said in response to an RTI query. The CoWIN app, short for "Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network, is touted be the backbone of the vaccine rollout plan of the Indian government. The RTI was filed by an Aniket Gaurav — a law student, according to Deccan Herald — who asked the ministry for: Names of people who developed the CoWIN application Money spent by the government to develop it Documents of inter-departmental communication regarding the development of CoWIN However, after nearly two weeks from the date the RTI was filed, the ministry provided a single line reply: "With regard to information sought, no information is available with Innovation & IPR Division, MeitY." https://twitter.com/thelegalsquad/status/1351859301116100614?s=20 CoWIN integral to vaccine roll-out The CoWIN app is the Indian government's one-size-fits-all approach to all challenges that it may face in the upcoming months, as it begins the largest vaccination drive in the world. It will be used by the government to track beneficiaries for possible adverse effects. It will also help in transportation logistics. The app will use Aadhaar to identify beneficiaries. Ram Sewak Sharma, head of the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat COVID-19, has said that states and union territories would seed beneficiaries' current mobile number with Aadhaar in an attempt to weed out "proxies". Beneficiaries will also, through the CoWIN app system, get…

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