NEW DELHI: For the protection of all government officials, Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions on Wednesday issued an order for all Central government employees to "immediately" download Aarogya Setu App on their mobile phones.
Issued in every ministry, departments of Central government, Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Cabinet Secretariat and others, the order mentions that effective use of Aarogya Setu App aimed to flatten the curve of the increasing cases by breaking the chain of transmission of novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
In the order, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said: "All the officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in Central government should download 'Aarogya Setu' App on their mobile phones, immediately".
Before starting for office, the order mentions, all the Central government staff must review their status on 'Aarogya Setu' and commute only if the app shows 'safe' or 'low risk' status.
The officers and staff are advised that just in case the App shows a message that he or she features a 'moderate' or 'high risk' calculated on the premise of Bluetooth proximity ("recent contact with infected person"), he or she shouldn't come to office and self-isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes 'safe' or 'low risk'.
Joint Secretary (Administration) should make sure that the above directions are strictly followed in the respective Ministry and department, the order said.
Ministries and departments may issue similar instructions to every autonomous or statutory body, Public Sector Units (PSUs) attached to them, the order advised.
Aarogya Setu is known as the COVID-19 tracking mobile application developed by the National Informatics Centre that comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.
The App is aimed towards augmenting the initiatives of the Central government, particularly the department of health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the app regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories concerning the containment of COVID-19.