The Jharkhand government will launch a dozen mobile phone applications to help people in distress, file complaints and identify criminals, inform civic bodies about accumulated garbage besides verifying tenants, an official said on Saturday.
The Android-based apps are part of the state government’s ongoing efforts to take governance from computers to mobile phone, said state IT secretary Sunil Kumar Burnwal. Using their smartphones, people can now inform the civic bodies about accumulated garbage in their neighbourhood and farmers can take up farm-related issues with the concerned departments, he said.
“The mobile applications are aimed at making the government machinery available to people on their finger tips. The apps will be launched on Sunday on the occasion of 16th state foundation day.”For the time being the app can be downloaded from the state government website, he said.
“We will soon launch our own mobile platform on the line of Google Play Store, which will be named JharApps.”
The digital initiative will, however, help only 30% of the total two crore mobile users in the state.
According to the Jharkhand information technology department, only 60,000 mobile users in the state have smartphones. Officials said the state has been registering unprecedented growth in smartphone users.
Internet speed is the major hurdle in the state as 60% of total smartphone users still depend on the 2G service. The situation is worse in rural Jharkhand. Burnwal said that the department is laying optical fibre cables in six districts under the National Optical Fibre Network in the first phase, which will offer internet speed of where 100 mbps.
The facility would be extended to other districts in a phased manner, he said. “We will soon set up a spe-cial purpose vehicle for drafting a detailed project report to provide internet to villages through the Bharat Net as the Bharat Broadband network is very slow.” The Bharat Net, is the Centre’s initiative which aims to provide a high speed digital highway to connect all 2.5 lakh gram panchayat of the country.
The mobile app will give people an opportunity to keep the government updated on crime, farming, plantation and grievances of their neighbourhoods, said state IT director UP Shah.