Govt to launch flagship mobile app by December

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The Ministry of Telecom and Information Technology has their task cut out, they have set a target of launching the government’s flagship mobile application named UMANG (unified mobile app for new age governance) by December 2016. The app will be available in 12 languages in addition to English.

Senior officials of the ministry told Business Standard it would be the defining app in the Digital India initiative and the main e-governance driver for the government.

Some of the services that can be availed through the app includes national scholarships, women’s safety, health care applications, e-District and Passport Seva.

“We are going to launch a common mobile app which would give services of the central government, state governments and the local bodies,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, telecom and IT minister. “People will be able to scan thousands of government services. We would start it in December with national student scholarships, women’s safety and health care programmes.”

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According to Department of Electronics and Information and Technology, the PMO has given instructions to develop as many apps as possible because of the smartphones penetration in the country.

By Atanu Kumar Das

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