States' Response to the Pandemic (COVID-19) & Aarogya Setu App
Duration: 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm (1.30 Hour)
- Academic faculty – ATIs, State Innovative Councils, National Training Institutes, Central/ State Universities
- Government – District Authorities, State/ Central Line Ministry Officials, Directors, Joint Directors & Asst Directors/ Project Directors /Project Officers
- NGOs, CSR Foundations, CSOs & CBOs
- Elected representatives
- Students & Research Scholars
Centre for Innovations in Public Systems (CIPS)
Using lessons from disaster management, Odisha takes on COVID-19:
Cyclone Fani in May 03, 2019 which claimed 64 lives and caused damages worth over Rs.24,176 crore. The World Meteorological Organisation said Fani was among 2019’s “high impact” events. Home to 46 million people, Odisha, along the Bay of Bengal, is often referred to as the disaster capital of the country, for the cocktail of floods, cyclones, and droughts that regularly ravages it.
The state’s long-term, lauded expertise in handling disasters and the infrastructure created to mitigate it, fronted by the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority, has stood it in good stead.
Odisha’s two-pronged approach in disaster management has come in handy to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This involves ‘physical infrastructure’ created to assist people during disasters and ‘intellectual infrastructure’ referring to the government’s institutional setups evolved to tackle disasters in a swift and efficient way.
The utility of government buildings like cyclone shelter, schools, panchayat offices, and how to manage a disaster besides knowing the hurdles that come in between and used many of these centres either as quarantine centres or relief centres to host stranded migrant workers and the destitute to serve them food and provide shelter during the lockdown.
Aarogya Setu which means in Hindi “the bridge for liberation from disease from Aa for without, rogya for disease and setu for bridge” is the Indian COVID-19 tracking mobile application developed by the National Informatics Centre and that comes under the government Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Aarogya Setu has four sections: 1. Your Status (tells the risk of getting COVID-19 for the user) 2. Self Assess (lets the user know the risk of being infected). 3. COVID-19 Update (gives updates on local and national COVID-19 cases) and 4. E-pass (If applied for E-pass, it will be available)
Aarogya Setu crossed five million downloads within three days of its launch, making it one of the most popular government apps in India. It became the world's fastest-growing mobile app with more than 50 million installs, 13 days after launching in India on 2 April 2020.
- Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for natural disasters such as Covid-19.
- Awareness on contact tracing app to help with Covid-19
Shri Arnab Kumar,
Frontier Technologies for NITI Aayog, Government of India’s premier strategy and policy institution. Arnab leads Government of India’s strategy, policy and implementation initiatives in Artificial Intelligence, FinTech and Blockchain.
- Shri. Pradeep Jena, IAS,
Special Relief Commissioner & Managing Director, Orissa State Disaster Management Authority(OSDMA), Govt. of Odisha.
- Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, IAS (Retd.,)
Founder and General Secretary of Foundation for Democratic Reforms(NGO), an independent public-policy think-tank and research-resource centre.