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6 Official Apps Government Wants You to Download to Fight COVID-19

“Stay alert, stay safe, and stay connected with 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 the government’s Digital India account. It shares the names of 6 apps that can help citizens in their fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Aarogya Setu App

The government’s official contact-tracing app Aarogya Setu aims to contain the spread of coronavirus. Aarogya Setu App was launched last month and now it has over 100 million users. The app was developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) under the guidance of the NIC. It uses a 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.

BHIM UPI App

BHIM UPI is based on the Unified Payments Interface, which was developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The BHIM app was launched in December 2016 and enables you to make cashless payments for a variety of utility services. It can also be used to make payments at both big stores as well as neighborhood shops.

Umang App

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 license, 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 helps find generic medicines and their 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 sabha’s, so that citizens can hold PRIs to account for any inadequacies in service delivery.

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