6 official apps government ‘wants’ you to download to fight Covid-19
“Stay alert, stay safe and stay connected with the digital services! Make the most of these Mobile Apps which make your lives easier at the time of #COVID19 outbreak,” goes a recent tweet from government’s Digital India account. It shares names of 6 apps that can help citizens in their fight against coronavirus pandemic.
Government’s official contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu aims to contain the spread of coronavirus. Launched last month, Aarogya Setu now has over 100 million users. The app has been developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) under guidance of NIC. It uses smartphone’s location data and Bluetooth to see if a user has come in contact with a Covid-19 infected person. In case anyone has been near a Covid-19 patient, the app shares user data with the government. The app is accessible in 11 different languages.
Developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), BHIM UPI is based on the Unified Payments Interface. Launched in December 2016, BHIM app allows you to make cashless payments for a range of utility services. It can also be used to make payments at both big stores as well as neighbourhood shops.
Umang app is your one-stop destination for over 600 services. It provides major services offered by central and state government departments, local bodies and other utility services from private organizations. These include Aadhaar, PAN, passport, driving licence, PF and more
Ayush Sanjivani app
Launched earlier this month, Ayush Sanjivani app has been developed by the Ministry of AYUSH and MEITY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) aims to help to generate data on acceptance and usage of Ayush advocacies and measures among the population and its impact in the prevention of COVID-19.
Jan Aushadhi Sugam app
Jan Aushadhi Sugam app aims to provide details about the availability and pricing of generic medicines being sold at lower prices at the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras across the country. The app also also helps find generic medicines and its prices. It also locates the nearest Kendra where these medicines can be purchased.
E-Gram Swaraj app
Launched in April this year, the app aims to boost e-governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) across the nation. The purpose is rural development by helping identify needs, levels of delivery and the enhancements desired by the people in each sector. Put systems of accountability in place by duly empowering gram sabhas, so that citizens are able to hold PRIs to account for any inadequacies in service delivery.