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Jharkhand Government launches 15 mobile apps under m-governance


The state of Jharkhand, which completed 15 years yesterday, has introduced a host of Android apps and 3 web portals marching towards the Digital India mission, reports The Pioneer. According to Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, 2/3rd of the state’s population are mobile users. The apps, accessible here, have been developed by the Jharkhand Space Applications Centre and include Jharkhand transport, MNREGA, e-garbage, main bhi police (I’m a police too) and e-district.

The state will also connect Jharkhand panchayats with the National Optical Fibre Network by next year. The state will also launch a special purpose vehicle in order to create reports for bringing panchayats online, and has finalised a consultancy agency. It will also connect villages once panchayats are connected, and if that is not feasible, look at WiMax or TV white space for connectivity. (Related read: NOFN Broadband finally piloted in Idukki district in Kerala)

Jharkhand also launched an ‘Advantage Jharkhand portal’, a single window portal to facilitate quick clearance for industries. It has already signed an MoU worth Rs 880 crore for setting up a food processing industry. A Jharkhand Industrial Park Policy, 2015 has also been implemented.

The state has formed an anti-terrorist squad (renamed from the previous vigilance bureau) along with a cyber crime police station. With this, it has also launched an e-FIR system, following the lead of the Odisha state e-FIR system. For the e-FIR system, the government claims that 892 FIRs have been lodged, out of which 734 have been disposed.

Interestingly, on the state website (which I urge you to check because there’s a lot of information there), there is also a portal for e-Rahat, the emergency services section where citizens can dial the toll free 1967 number in case of murders, robberies, sexual harassment, rape, fire, accidents, kidnapping, medical emergency, bomb blasts, riots, terrorist attacks, forest fire, bird flu and industrial and mining accidents. More info here. The state also has a citizen grievances redressal platform where citizens can file their complaints online.

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Developments in e-Governance in India:

– In December last year, Karnataka government’s m-governance platform M-One or Mobile One went live.

– In May, DeitY was looking to frame a policy for adopting and developing open application programming interfaces in government organizations to promote software interoperability for all e-governance applications & systems.

– In February, the Indian government launched 11 central government services on its government-to-business portal eBiz, with the aim of making the process of setting up a business in India simpler.

Also read: Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT to look into issues of Digital Privacy, Startup Challenges, e-Fraud, Net Neutrality, NOFN

Image Credit: Biswarup Ganguly

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