Five months after the initial announcement, the Indian Government has launched a pilot version of its e-Gov application store at apps.gov.in. This app store has been designed, developed and hosted by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) through NIC (National Informatics Centre). The apps submitted to the e-Gov app store will be used by various government departments and agencies at the Centre and in the States. The government says that the eGov App Store will act as a common repository for developed apps, components and web services that can be used by various government agencies and departments at State and Centre level. It will also feature all the popular core and common apps that can be replicated across the central and state levels. However, in the current pilot, it is just a repository showcasing all NIC applications and components developed for States and the apps haven't been developed into products which can be downloaded yet. eGov App Store: When we checked the app store, there were 29 items available including 20 apps, eight Components and a single Web Service. These applications are sourced from eight States and Union Territories to provide G2C (government to customer)/G2B (government to business) services and at the time of writing this article, there were 15 apps from Delhi, 6 from Tamil Nadu, 2 each from Haryana and Maharashtra and 1 each from Tripura, Punjab, Gujarat, and Kerala. One can sort these apps based on title, popularity, ratings, last updated and most recent or filter these apps based on app type,…
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