Easing the Aarogya Setu app installation rules for the staff of companies, new MHA guidelines issued on Sunday. It states that employers should ensure the installation of the app on “best effort basis”. This is in departure to the previous guidelines. Wherein the use of Aarogya Setu app was mandatory for all public and private sector employees by the government.
In the new rules, the government also said that “district authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application” on their phones.
All new MHA guidelines
The latest guidelines appear to be taking a more lenient approach towards the installation of the app by employees. In its guidelines, the MHA said, “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 was made responsible. This was to ensure 100% 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 the term “compatible mobiles phones”.
Guidelines for the general public
For the general public as well, the app has not been made mandatory. The guidelines read, “District authorities may advise individuals to install the Aarogya Setu application on compatible mobiles phones and regularly update their health status on the app.”
However, the app was mandatory for people living in a containment zone in the last guidelines.
App mandatory for train passengers
While there has been ease for the employees, the app has been made mandatory for train journeys. Aarogya Setu expects to become a must for those who wish to board commercial flights once they become operational.
Meanwhile, the Aarogya Setu now has more than 10 crore registered users. The number of downloads of the app has been continuously growing and it has been promoted by authorities.