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Ericsson, Huawei, Xiaomi & Oppo will take steps to mandate the Aarogya Setu application among staff

The telecommunications industry, including smartphone vendors and brands, has said it will take steps to comply with government orders authorizing the use of the Aarogya Setu app for all private sector employees.

A senior official of a large telecommunications operator said that “the company has not yet implemented the opinion of the Interior Ministry because the compulsory download of the Aarogya Setu application seems to apply only to staff of the company that goes to the office for work, and therefore may not apply in a job from the original scenario. ” He added that the telecommunications operator “is still interpreting” the opinion of the Interior Ministry.

Telecommunications equipment supplier Ericsson said the company had already issued an internal notice to its employees in April to download the application, but did not make it mandatory.

“But with the government now making it mandatory, we will take follow-up action on this matter shortly,” said a spokesperson for Ericsson India in response to ET’s request.

Huawei India, a Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier, said: “As a responsible company, we comply with all laws and regulations of the country and will continue to do so in accordance with notifications from the Indian government.”

Last week, the Interior Ministry issued a notice that “it will be the responsibility of the head of the respective organizations to ensure 100% coverage of this application among employees”.

Phone brands like Xiaomi and Oppo have already taken action. In addition to making it mandatory for employees, companies also spread the message to their customers.

“The Aarogya Setu app can potentially help us detect COVID patients and protect us. The company is asking immediate and extended teams (including employees, business partners and customers) to download the app, “Xiaomi Global VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain said on Monday during a press briefing.

Jain added that the government has not yet ordered the app to be preloaded on devices, but if it is, Xiaomi will have to comply.

“We also encourage our customers via the social media platform to download the application to their smartphones,” said the Oppo spokesperson.

“Our employees will receive a communication on this subject from HR, perhaps in the next 2-3 days,” another large smartphone brand told ET.

―Olt News

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