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From time to time, the government of India launches apps for citizens to promote its Digital India initiative. Recently, the mPassport Seva app was updated and now through the apppeople can apply for a passport from anywhere. The Election Commission, on the other hand, also launched an app called cVigil, through which individuals can send videos and photos of illegal activities or hate speech being made during polls. Here we list out 20 apps which can be useful for most citizens for various government services and initiatives:
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As the name suggests, this app helps citizens to locate the nearest police station based on their location. The app has all the information like the route and distance to reach the nearest police station. It also displays numbers of district control room and the SP office. One can make a call using the app in the need of the hour.
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This app has been developed by the HRD ministry and NCERT. eBooks can be accessed by students and teachers on mobile phones, tablets and desktops. One can carry as many book according to their device’s storage. The app has features like pinch, select, highlight and even listening to text using text-to-speech.
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Through this app, users can create a digital copy of their driving license and four-wheeler/two-wheeler registration certificate. Citizens can also verify existing car registration details as well as details of second-hand cars. For those looking to buy a second-hand car, they can verify the age and registration details.
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Startup India app is designed for entrepreneurs to understand and gain information about the startup ecosystem. Through the app, users can learn about government initiatives about startups and also learn about incubators.
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Want to volunteer for a cause for a better India? This is the app for you then. Based on their skills and interest, interested users can volunteer for certain tasks which might be created by various government departments. Citizens can register through the app as well as evaluate tasks submitted by other volunteers.
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Still confused by GST rates applicable on various goods and services? Simple. Download the GST Rate Finder app to search through the various goods and services and their respective GST Rates and details.
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Developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD), this app brings together all government departments and their services on a single platform to provide better and easier services to citizens. It’s an evolving platform that provides – among other things -- Digital India Services like Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and PayGov.
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For all the information related to tourism this app comes in handy. Tourists – both international and domestic – can access information like approved domestic tour operators, transport operators, travel agents, regional level guides, and classified hotels available in cities and tourist centres.
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As the name suggests, this app offers a wide variety of services to smartphone users such as Passport application status tracking, locating the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and general information on various steps involved in obtaining a Passport.
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Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) 'mAadhaar app' is another useful app. Available only for Android users so far, the mAadhar app aims to let users carry their Aadhaar identity on their smartphones. The biggest benefit of the mAadhaar app is that it enables users to share their eKYC information with any service provider, anywhere. Users can also view and share their Aadhaar profile via QR code. UIDAI also claims that the app allows users to block their biometric data anytime, anywhere.
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Postinfo is an app from Department of Posts and has been developed by Centre for Excellence in Postal Technology .The app provides facilities like tracking of parcels, post office search, postage calculator, insurance premium calculator and interest calculator. The Postal Department offers various types of Life Insurance Policies through Postal Life Insurance and Rural Postal Life Insurance, users can check the premium payable for all the eligible types of Postal /Rural Postal Life insurance Policies through the app.
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The MyGov app acts as a platform for citizen participation in governance. Users can provide ideas ,comments, suggestions to ministries and associated organisations. One can also apparently participate in policy formulation and programme implementation.
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This application allows you to measure your data speed experience and sends the results to TRAI. The application captures and sends coverage, data speed and other network information along with device and location of the tests. The app does not send any personal user information. All results are reported anonymously. While this application gives TRAI details of your data experience, sending a report to TRAI does not constitute a complaint. In case of poor experience, users are requested to register a complaint with their network service providers.
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Available only for Android devices, the aim of the app is to address threats related to mobile phones. For instnace, one can block spam SMS or unsolicited incoming calls. Through the app one can also address malware threats that try to steal personal data and credentials.
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As the name suggests, the app is related to keeping your city and surroundings clean. Through the app, citizens can click and post pictures related to civic issues and send to the concerned municipal authority. All urban local bodies have been linked to this app, which pinpoints the exact location of the area of the complaint using the geo-location of the pictures. Citizens can also give feedback if their complaint hasn’t been solved as per requirement.
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Bharat Interface for Money or BHIM app is based on Unified Payment Interface (UPI) for carrying out financial transactions digitally. Users can send or receive money using UPI payment addresses, phone numbers or QR Codes. All major Indian banks are linked to UPI to further help users in making financial transactions.
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One of the most popular app by the government, IRCTC enables online booking of rail tickets. It comes integrated with an IRCTC e-wallet for faster and easier transactions.
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An app tat’s linked to various services of the Income Tax department. Some of the useful features of the app include paying taxes online, applying for PAN online and a tax calculator. There’s also a chatbot which answers to queries which taxpayers might have.
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The app developed for farmers helps them to access useful information with relative ease. Farmers can find out information like weather updates, market prices, tips on plant protection among other things.