INTRO: After releasing for smartphones a few months back, the Indian government has recently released the Aarogya Setu app for some feature phones running on KaiOS also. According to the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY), the app has now hit 30 million (3 crores) installations by the population of India.
The government took to Twitter to share the news. The numbers don’t really come as a surprise to all os us considering the user base for JioPhones in the country. Take a look at the tweet below. Aarogya Setu’s smartphone app, on the other hand, amassed a whopping 100 million installs within just 41 days, which is partly because it was made mandatory for both government and private employees to install Aarogya Setu Apps In their phones.
Following the criticism from experts and privacy advocates, the government also relaxed its guidelines and made the app’s installation for private employees ‘on best effort basis’. With all of that said, the government has made it mandatory to use Aarogya Setu if you’re planning to travel on flights across the country or anywhere you are traveling even by road or by train the app should be already installed in your smartphones. Domestic flight operations in India resumed in the last week of May. You will now have to show the app on your phone as part of the verification process during entry to the airport. This is mandatory for all the travelers.
While the government has released the app’s code for Android at the end of May, now they are planning to release the app’s code for iOS and Kai OS has not been released at the time of writing this article. The government had announced that it would release them in the coming weeks and hence, we will have to wait to see how things turn out.