8 Government Apps that proved to be utmost useful during this Lock down and Social Distancing!

These days you can find an app for almost everything. From booking flight/ train tickets to booking a table for dinner, all can be done online through apps. The government of India has also launched a number of apps that bring various services right into our phones.

The Indian Government and related agencies have also come up with several apps as part of the Digital India initiative. These apps can be beneficial during the period of social distancing as well as in normal days.

Here is a list of apps that you must have in your phone or you should definitely know about !

Aarogya Setu App

The Indian government has launched its Aarogya Setu app as an effort to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aarogya Setu uses contact tracing to record details of all the people you may have come in contact with. If any one of them, at a later point in time, tests positive for COVID-19, you are immediately informed and proactive medical intervention is arranged for you.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nic.goi.aarogyasetu (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/aarogyasetu/id1505825357 (iOS)

Aaykar Setu App

The Central Board of Direct Taxes has recently launched an app 'Aaykar Setu'. The app helps you to file income tax return (ITR) online, locate the nearest Tax Return Prepares (TRP), provides calculators and other tools, helps you manage your PAN and TDS, calculate and lets you pay tax, if any.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.taxmann.aayakarsetu&hl=en

Bhim UPI App

Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is a payment app that lets you make simple, easy and quick transactions using Unified Payments Interface (UPI). You can make direct bank payments to anyone on UPI using their UPI ID or scanning their QR with the BHIM app. You can also request money through the app from a UPI ID.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.org.npci.upiapp&hl=en (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bhim-making-india-cashless/id1200315258 (iOS)

Digi Locker App

Digi locker is a platform for issuance and verification. of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus. eliminating the use of physical documents.

As the name suggests, this app acts as a digital locker. You can use it to store your digital documents. The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) offers this app as part of the Digital India initiative.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.digilocker.android&hl=en (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/digilocker/id1320618078 (iOS)

ePathshala App

This app facilitates learning on the go. The traditional classroom set-up gets an upgrade in this mobile learning app. You can access textbooks and periodicals via this app. It works on different devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. ePathshala also allows users to carry as many books as their device support.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.gov.epathshala&hl=en (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/epathshala/id1056118674 (iOS)

Indian Police at Your Call App

Indian police at Your Call app is for the citizens of India, to be used during an emergency. It is a GIS map-based interface for people to find nearby police stations and reach there immediately in case of an emergency.

This app is brought to the users by National Informatics Centre (NIC). It displays the exact location of the person with all the other details like name of the places, roads and major landmarks on the map.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.nic.bih.thanalocator&hl=en (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/indian-police-at-your-call/id1177887402 (iOS)

Madad App

The MADAD app caters to a niche audience. The app is offered by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). It pertains to consular services that are provided by Indian embassies in foreign locations. The app can be used to launch grievances.

You can also track them. The app can be used to launch grievances regarding a situation that involves imprisonment in a foreign land, worker abuse, repatriation, etc.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcs.appmadad&hl=en (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/in/app/madad/id1070165417 (iOS)

PMO India App

PMO India is the official app belonging to India’s Prime Minister’s Office. The app is available in 13 languages and can be used to know updates from the PMO.

You can follow the Prime Minister’s (PM) activity by going through the images of various interactions and activities. The PMO India app can also be used to listen to PM’s Mann Ki Baat recordings.

Download Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sanskrit.pmo&hl=en (Android)

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