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 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. To which two weeks after, the ministry replied: “With regard to information sought, no information is available with Innovation & IPR Division, MeitY.”
The vaccination roll-out officially began on Jan 16, targeting nearly 3Cr healthcare and frontline workers. However due to several glitches and errors the CoWIN app has slowed down progress.