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Nine Mo­bile Apps for Citizens

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There­arethe­ses­trange,out-of-the-world-type­peo­ple­whoare­sortoffind­ing­so­lu­tion­sto­some com­plex­prob­lem­soft­he­worl­dan­dareatthe­same­timemak­inglife­quite­con­ve­nient. Th­ese geeks,as­the­yarecom­mon­lyre­ferredto,in­ter­actin­lan­guage­sun­known­to­com­mon­ers,write in math­e­mat­i­cal scripts and al­go­rithms ,and all their so­lu­tions are made on com­put­ers and pack­aged­fory­ours­mart­phone… Th­e­suc­ces­soft­he­segeek­sis­demon­strat­ed­bythe­scrol­lon­the­home­pa­geof Ap­ple’sweb­site. Th­e­scroll–it­counts­thenum­bero­fu­nit­so­fap­pli­ca­tion­soft­ware(apps)down­load­ed­fromthe com­pany’s app store – has al­ready crossed the 100 bil­lion mark. To­day,apps dom­i­nate daily con­ver­sa­tion­s­so­muchthatthep­hrase ‘there'sanapp­forthat’has­be­come­both­anof­ferof hel­pan­da­joke.

About a year ago, the cen­tral govern­ment launched an am­bi­tious Dig­i­tal In­dia ini­tia­tive promis­ing dig­i­tal in­fras­truc­ture, dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, and de­liv­ery of govern­ment ser­vices dig­i­tally. The govern­ment an­nounced that its first ma­jor goal was to con­nect 250,000 vil­lages with high-speed In­ter­net net­works so that ru­ral peo­ple would get ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion. In or­der to achieve its ob­jec­tive, a mas­sive project to in­stall fi­bre op­tic lines through the length and breadth of the country was un­der­taken.

An­other ma­jor goal of Dig­i­tal In­dia is to de­velop and re­lease fea­ture-rich smart­phone apps to bring

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