Bombay HC seeks details from Maha government on mobile app tracking Anganwadi workers

Bombay HC seeks particulars from Maha authorities on cellular app monitoring Anganwadi employees

The bench was listening to a plea by state Anganwadi employees towards a cellular tracker meant to watch Anganwadi facilities and beneficiaries.


Mumbai,Up to date: February 1, 2023 12:35 PM IST

The courtroom requested the state to offer all the small print of the POSHAN Tracker app in an affidavit by February 8.

By Vidya : The Bombay Excessive Courtroom has directed the Maharashtra authorities to file an affidavit by February 8 on the technical requirement for cellphones which are utilized by Anganwadi employees.

The bench of Justices GS Patel and SG Dige was listening to a plea by organizations of Anganwadi employees in Maharashtra who had been threatened with motion for failing to fill particulars in English on the POSHAN Tracker cellular app. The Anganwadi employees additionally complained about defective telephones given to them.

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The app goals to watch and observe details about Anganwadi facilities and beneficiaries. The Anganwadi employees advised the courtroom throughout an earlier listening to that the state had warned of disciplinary motion towards them and even threatened to cease distribution of meals objects to the beneficiaries. The bench mentioned this was “fully unacceptable” and directed that no disciplinary or different motion be taken towards any Anganwadi or any of its employees in Maharashtra.

The grievance of the Anganwadi employees was additionally that the precise {hardware}, that’s the cell phone provided by the state authorities, is defective or outdated, or each.

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The bench regarded on the technical necessities and specs of the telephones proven by the petitioners and mentioned: “These seem like extra idealistic than practical. We don’t see why 5G connectivity and an octa-core processor are wanted. .”

The bench additional added that “An affidavit from the state authorities will probably be required on the technical features of the {hardware}, together with particularly the specs, really helpful make, mannequin, OEM and whether or not the federal government proposes to introduce a safety layer to forestall the set up of different third-party software program .”

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Authorities pleader PJ Gavhane mentioned multiple lakh telephones are wanted and these will probably be made accessible with funding shared by the central and state governments.

To this, the bench mentioned, “We demand that these particulars be positioned on affidavit together with suggestions made by the state authorities.”

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