In today’s world, your activeness is measured by how much things you do online. It is not just being informed about everything. Being online means you are using some popular apps and are continuously using social media and sharing the pictures, videos, gifs, and whatever. Apps (applications) have become a part of our lives. For different needs, we all use some sort of apps. For messaging its WhatsApp, for some content it could be like Facebook or Instagram, for politics its Twitter, for publishing something online its Medium, for software programming subjects it is GitHub, etc.
Government of India understood the need of social apps (though lately) for the society. Digital India is a movement initiated by the Government of India to ensure that the services offered by the Government are made accessible to people across India. By enhancing online infrastructure (through Internet access) and making the nation digitally empowered through technology known as APPS. Now in current scenario we can’t ignore these apps as they have become quite a part of our lives.
There are some major Indian government apps that are necessary to have in your smartphone as a netizen and a citizen. These are mostly related to government services in our nation like booking a train, transfer of funds without cash, etc. Now even the state governments have been developing their apps for the citizens in that state. Thus, we are going to state the most important apps that one should have on their smartphone. Here’s the list of those apps:
1. Swachh Bharat App: Track and Contribute to Swachh Bharat Mission
This app is based on the campaign launched on the Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October in the year 2014 by PM Narendra Modi. It was based on Swachh Bharat Mission or Clean India Mission with the slogan of “One step towards cleanliness“. With this app, you can inform the government officials about the need for cleaning and garbage dumping in your area. If the sweeper of your respective Municipal Corporation hasn’t shown up then, all you need is to click a picture and then add a comment with it, and then it will be automatically forwarded to the respective Municipal Authority. This application will also help to provide your feedback to the government about the action taken on your complaint. platforms and it comes under the Union Urban Development (UD) ministry.
2. Aarogya Setu
We all are suffering from the pandemic and it is essential to know about what’s going on in our neighborhood? To deal with, the government came up with this app which shows the number of corona cases within different ranges which is set by the filter you tend to opt like if you want the range to 1 km or more. It will have your GPS access. It also made the record for having the fastest 50 million downloads on play store. Now, the total users of this app have crossed over 100 million mark but still, due to some privacy issues this app is facing a huge backlash from the opposition and citizens. It has been made mandatory by the government to download this app. It is available on both android and ios.
3. Post-Info App – Track Your Post and Much More
This app is designed and developed by the Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology (CEPT). This app is a government initiative to make the postal service more hassle-free and customer-friendly. The Android app lets you do many things like it allows you to access tracking and delivery information of Speed Post, Registered Letter, Registered Parcel, and Electronic Money Order by with the help of the receipt number. The app also helps you to calculate the tariff that is to be paid for all types of articles, which is based on the weight and the distance between the sender and receiver of the mail entered by the user in a single query
4. ePathshala app: Offers NCERT e-books
This app has been developed by the joint efforts of HRD (Human and Resource Development )ministry and NCERT(National Council of Educational Research and Training). In this app, eBooks are easily available to students and teachers on their respective smartphones, tablets, and personal desktops. The main aim of this app is to provide free and basic knowledge to the students’ sot that it is the easy and hassle-free supply of knowledge from good teachers directly to the needy students.
5. DigiLocker app: A Simple and Secure Document Wallet
This app is so cool as it helps you to do many tasks especially it is a burden to carry all your essentials in a bag or a wallet but with this app, the tedious work is gone and you can save it online so in case you forgot something at work or home this app ensures your credentials. In this app, you can save your driving license (or your two-wheeler license), your Aadhar card, and PAN card details. It also provides convenient and instant banking as well as insurance services within the same app.
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6. Online RTI – File RTI Online
This app is based on the historic law that was passed by the Indian Parliament on 15 June 2005 and came fully into force on 12 October 2005. This app lets you use the Right to Information Act (RTI) initiative. If you were ever hesitant in thinking to go through a difficult process of filing RTI, this app is a lifesaver. Using this app, you can ask the team regarding the topic you want. Their lawyers and experts will make an application and then they will send a draft back to you for revisal or asking for your consent for the further procedure. You can then modify it if needed or submit it as it is. It has a provision of sending the response within a month maximum.
The app also enables users to form communities and forums to share queries.
7. UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance)
This app is developed by the joint efforts of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and the National e-Governance Division (NeGD). The major feature of this app is that it brings you all the government departments along with their services on a common platform to provide a far better and easier service to the respective citizens. It’s a constantly evolving platform that provides the citizens with these additional things like Digital India Services like Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and PayGov.
8. mAadhaar app
We all know the importance of the aadhar card as it acts as a basic identity indicator. It is provided by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) with some array of services. This app provides support in 13 languages including English and Hindi. In this app, you can perform many functions like download aadhar card, order an aadhar print, verify email/phone number, paperless- KYC, etc. It is available on both android and ios.
9. BHIM- Making India Cashless
If you are using Google Pay, PhonePe, Paytm, or anything, this app developed by the government is much simpler to use and even more helpful. It includes all the essential features so that one can pay easily to another and the UI is also awesome. You don’t have to worry about security and using different apps for different payments. You can pay bills of DTH, electricity, gas, landline, etc and it supports 20 languages with QR-code enabled services and it supports you to validate approvals before the payments.
10. IRCTC app
This is the most important app in India when it comes to the booking of trains online. It has a good UI along with an integrated wallet for the online booking of trains. It is one of the most used apps especially in the states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh where people travel daily in railway transport.
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