Talk about any governance-related work in India, be it paying bills or getting a birth certificate or applying for a passport, the first thought that comes to mind is long queues and a stack of documentation. Our PM’s Digital India push is trying to change that. Believe it or not, there are quite some departments and ministries that have their own mobile app. There is quite some stuff that you can do via mobile apps. And even if you still have to physically visit the respective offices, these apps can help prepare you better. The apps do come with their share of glitches, but they can end up being rather useful. We recommend 7 “Sarkari” apps you must download…
7. OnlineRTI – File RTI Online
If you have wanted to use the Right to Information Act (RTI) initiative but were hesitant thinking about having to go through a tedious process, this app is all you need. Using this Android app, you can let the team behind the app know what you want to file the RTI about. Their lawyers and experts will frame the application and send a draft back to you for revision or approval. You can then modify it if needed or submit it the way it is. As mandated by law, the response from the authorities for your application will reach you within a month.
6. MEAIndia – Know Everything About Indian Missions Abroad
The MEAIndia app description says that the app is a “single window source of all information related to the ministry’s citizen-centric services and outreach activities.” The user-friendly app has an interactive format with impressive graphics that provide information about the ministry’s many activities and citizen-oriented services – E-Citizen, Passport services, Follow PM/EAM, visa services, and Indian missions abroad are some examples. It also simplifies the steps involved in travelling abroad for work or studies and helps people identify the agencies authorized to attest documents
5. Incredible India App – For Location Based Travel Needs
The Incredible India app assists international and domestic tourists in accessing information about Tourism Ministry-recognized tourism service providers. These include approved inbound tour operators, adventure tour operators, domestic tour operators, transport operators, travel agents, regional level guides, and classified hotels available in cities and tourist centres. Contact details of the regional directors of the Tourism Department, including their names, office addresses, contact numbers and email addresses are also provided.
4. GARV Grameen Vidyutikaran App – Transparency in Rural Electrification
The Grameen Vidyutikaran app lets anyone track the progress of rural electrification in India through a real-time dashboard. Launched by Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, the app is available for Android users. The dashboard presents the total number of un-electrified villages, details the status of the un-electrified villages and the work in progress – whether they’ve been surveyed or if work has yet to start. A Milestones tab displays the percentage achieved against the number of days left, while a progress bar shows the number of villages electrified on a weekly basis.
3. Khoya Paya App – Citizen-Centric Portal for Missing Children
The Khoya Paya app is a citizen-centric portal that addresses the issue of missing and vulnerable children in India. Any citizen can register with the portal and provide information about a missing or sighted child. The information supplied by the citizen is made available for public view after quick moderation, thereby saving valuable time.
2. mPassport Seva App – Anytime Access to Passport Services
Those who are looking at getting a new passport can now do so right from their Android devices. With a view to making public services mobile-enabled, the Ministry of External Affairs launched the mPassport Seva app that will offer a wide variety of passport-related services to smartphone users. The lightweight and easy to use mPassport Seva app is also one of the largest projects of the Government of India under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP).
1. Narendra Modi App – Connect with the PM
The official app of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, this app is a one-stop destination for knowing about all the latest day-to-day activities of the Prime Minister. It provides an exclusive and unique opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from the Prime Minister. Not just this, it allows users to contribute and earn badges through to-do tasks.