Digital India - best EGovernance apps


Governance has been making the inroads into the personal life. You no longer need to stay waiting at the government offices to get the required information. EGovernance has been the buzzword of late. And that is exactly what this article attempts to dig into. Which are the best government apps that help you out in getting things done easily? Read on to know more.

Internet has brought the government at your doorsteps. Labelled EGovernance, the Digital India initiative by the Union Government has been instrumental in bringing up a sense of inclusiveness among the general public when it comes to governments projects and initiatives.
The aim of the Digital India campaign was to provide an effective Online governance. The first step towards that goal was the introduction of smartphone apps. These apps work as an effective means of moving to EGovernance. Here are the best EGovernance mobile apps that make your online government tasks easy.

#1. MyGov


MyGov is a means of getting a direct citizen partnership in the governance. In fact, it has been considered as the most innovative citizen engagement platform by a government. The app lets you share your inputs, suggestions and ideas about different Central Government Ministries and organisations.



The MyGov app works in a simple and intuitive manner. You would only need to create your account on the app using Email ID and other details. Once logged in to the service, you can access different sections of the site as per your choice. A couple of different government initiatives available on the app include Swachh Bharat, Open Government Data Platform, My Gov Task Management and My Gov Newsletter. You can connect seamlessly with various government programs through interactive discussions and creative suggestions.
The MyGov app offers the citizens an option to participate actively in the formulation of policies. This is a great way to bring in the era of participatory democracy.
The app has had over 500000 downloads so far and has a total following of 451000 on Twitter.

#2. Narendra Modi App


The Prime Minister's Office comes straight on your smartphone! Yes, this is the official app of the Prime Minister of India. You will be able to interact directly with the PM through the app. The app lets you get instant updates, information and interactions from the PM.



The app has made Modi the first Indian Political leader to have his own personal app. The app is designed to provide instant updates on the Prime Minister's activities and sharing your ideas with him. In fact, it reduces the distance between the PM and the citizens. The app also has informative infographics depicting the performance of the government.

In addition to receiving the updates about the government programs, the application lets you have emotional tidbits of being able to receive birthday greetings and email updates straight from Narendra Modi.
The PM uses this platform to share his personal ideas, blogs and activities with the users. The app has received rare reviews and has been able to get a user base of around one million downloads. The Twitter following of the app has been an estimated 2000.

#3. MEA India App


Well, it is the official app of the Ministry of External affairs, as is evident form the name itself. It works as a one point source for all your information on the External Affairs ministry.
The app has been developed with a user friendly interface that is quite intuitive. It does provide all the related information with informative graphics and visuals. The app has been designed with a view to resolve the issues of unresolved phone calls and never ending queues for the formalities with respect to a few services like Visa, Passport and Embassy information. Some of the sections covered under the MEAIndia app include - E-Citizen, Passport services, Follow PM/EAM, and Indian missions abroad among others.

The app lets you get updates from over 100 Indian embassies. It also lets you get in touch with the External Affairs minister to address your concerns and queries. The passport section of the app provides detailed information on how to apply along with information on the location of Passport Seva Kendras and the forms to be submitted. The app also has information updates on Kailash Manas Sarovar Yatra and Haj Pilgrims.
The app has been done really wonderful and has garnered over 50000 downloads. The Twitter follower Basis of the app reads 900000.

#4. Online RTI


If you are one of those who has always wanted to make use of the Right To Information - RTI – for any of your requirements, but avoided it because of the tedious process involved in it – this is definitely the app for you.



You can use the mobile app to know the status of different government initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan or MNAREGA. RTI is applicable to all 29 states and 7 Union Territories. You can use the app to file an RTI application online. The application will be scrutinised and drafted by the RTI experts and lawyers on the panel and the draft would be sent to you. You can either edit the application draft as per your wish or approve it if everything is observed to be correct. You will receive the response to your application along with the necessary documentation within a period of 30 days as has been stipulated by the RTI laws.

The app also lets you connect with other well known RTI activists. You can create communities of like minded activists and share your views. Apart from getting the details of the various government projects, the RTI act can also be used to get your pending works done.

The app has had a user base of 5000000 downloads and a Twitter following of around 2300.
PayTM has been a sponsor to all the Public Interest related RTI inquiries through this platform. For other applications, you can make the payment through your PayTM wallet. For any support with respect to the app usage, get in touch through support@onlinerti.com.

#5. Grameen Vidyutikaran


The app is launched by Rural Electrification Corporation Limited and aims to make the rural electrification transparent. The app can provide you a real time dash board that can be used by anyone to track the status of the electrification in rural India.



The dashboard provides you with the list of un-electrified villages and the status on the work progress. There is a tab named Milestones which indicates the percentage progress of the work completed as against the days left for the accomplishment of the target.

The Grameen Vidyutikaran app lets you find the details in your mother tongue. The dashboard is now available in multiple regional languages. The application has had reached a strong user base of over 60000 downloads. The Twitter following of the app (and the initiative) has been around 4600.

And in conclusion…


Those were the top Government apps that we could find useful and practical. These let you stay updated with the government projects in addition to getting your work done the easier way. That does not mean the list is exhaustive and complete. There are many more apps of this nature. A few names worthy of mention are Incredible India app, mPassport Seva, and Rakshak app. Government has been planning to come up with an all inclusive app named UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New age Governance) that aims to provide a unified access to over 200 E-Governance services.
Share your views on the usability and the features of the EGov apps you have used so far. We would welcome your feedback and opinions on the apps that are meant to make our lives easier.


Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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