Top 3 Gov­ern­ment Mo­bile Apps in In­dia

At the Dig­i­tal In­dia Awards 2016, the gov­ern­ment awarded sev­eral e-gov­er­nance ini­tia­tives un­der­taken in dif­fer­ent states. Out of th­ese, Dataquest so­journed on the top gov­ern­ment apps’ cat­e­gory as th­ese help in en­abling three chal­leng­ing ar­eas

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Mo­bile has lit­er­ally be­come the driv­ing force even for the gov­ern­ment in In­dia. The tan­gi­ble ev­i­dence lies in the fact that the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia rec­og­nized a set of e-gov­er­nance apps en­abling three dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

To as­cer­tain this, we looked at the top gov­ern­ment mo­bile apps which re­cently re­ceived recog­ni­tion from the Min­istry of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MeitY) at the an­nual award cer­e­mony (Dig­i­tal In­dia Awards 2016 which were ear­lier de­lin­eated as Web Ratna Awards) or­ga­nized by Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­ter (NIC). At the cer­e­mony, there were sev­eral other cat­e­gories; how­ever our eye­balls were mainly grabbed by the best gov­ern­ment mo­bile apps cat­e­gory. Re­gard­less of the mi­cro de­tails of the pa­ram­e­ters used to se­lect th­ese apps for the awards, the apps rep­re­sent three ar­eas and hence give us a sense of ba­sic so­cial chal­lenges that con­tinue

to haunt In­dia. Th­ese chal­lenges are – crime, mal­nu­tri­tion and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

1. Ci­ti­zenCop mo­bile app: Built with an ini­tia­tive to em­power com­mon man, Ci­ti­zenCop mo­bile app, a lo­ca­tion-based safety app, re­ceived the best gov­ern­ment app award un­der the plat­inum cat­e­gory from NIC. The mo­bile app aims to make In­dia crime-free. If the in­for­ma­tion avail­able at Google Play Store is to be be­lieved, Ci­ti­zenCop pro­vides a has­sle-free and easy way for crime re­port­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the Google Play note, “Ci­ti­zenCOP em­pha­sizes on well-be­ing of res­i­dents of a city, es­pe­cially women. It has been suc­cess­ful in re­mov­ing the bar­rier be­tween cit­i­zens and po­lice de­part­ment. Whether you are vic­tim of any crime or wit­ness to an in­ci­dent, Ci­ti­zenCOP is here to as­sist you.” With Ci­ti­zenCOP crime re­port­ing app, you can: Get help in case of emer­gency Re­port any crim­i­nal in­ci­dent or il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity anony­mously Re­port lost or stolen ar­ti­cles Make emer­gency calls or send alerts Call po­lice Cre­ate a safe bound­ary with e-Lak­sh­manRekha

2. Mid Day Meal (MDM) mo­bile app: The Mid Day Meal mo­bile app got the sec­ond top honor at the Dig­i­tal In­dia Awards 2016. The app is sup­posed to en­able ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing of daily and monthly mid-day meal data to be sent by schools. The app has tried to ad­dress the leak­ages that ex­ist in the MDM scheme. As per the in­for­ma­tion avail­able on the Google Play Store, the app pro­vides ad­di­tional data com­mu­ni­cat­ing mech­a­nism for the MDM in-charge/teacher who has to send the daily/ monthly data us­ing SMS. In­ter­est­ingly once in­stalled on your smart­phone, the app does not re­quire in­ter­net to send MDM fig­ures. Users have the op­tion to send fig­ures through SMS from the app. This sim­pli­fies the job of MDM in-charge, who even does not have to re­mem­ber the SMS for­mats.

“The au­thor­i­ties at Block, Dis­trict and State level have a very sim­ple and ef­fec­tive mech­a­nism in shape of this app on their mo­bile de­vices for ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient mon­i­tor­ing of daily as well as monthly data trans­mis­sion; by all the MDM in-charge fall­ing un­der their ju­ris­dic­tion,” fur­ther reads the note on the Google Play Store. The au­thor­i­ties can send SMS alerts to all de­fault­ers us­ing sin­gle but­ton avail­able in the app. 3. Garv Grameen Vidyu­tikaran app: The Garv Grameen Vidyu­tikaran app has got the third best award and aims to en­able the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion which has been one of the big­gest chal­lenges even af­ter 70 years of the in­de­pen­dence. The mo­bile app in­cludes a num­ber of fea­tures and gives in­sights into the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion land­scape in In­dia. En­abled with state-of-the-art fea­tures, the app has high rat­ings of 4.8 on the Google Play Store.

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