The Indian government on Monday launched a mobile governance initiative, aiming to move some government and public service delivery to the mobile platform.
Mobile Seva, the national mobile-governance initiative by India’s Information Technology department has been running for a few months now.
At a formal launch on Monday, the government said that the Mobile Seva will integrate the mobile platform with the e-Governance infrastructure like State Data Centers (SDCs), State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State and National Service Delivery Gateways (SSDGs/NSDG).
Currently 833 Central and State Govt. Departments are using Mobile Seva for providing SMS based services, and over 55.25 Crore SMS notifications have been sent to citizens for various mobile based services.
Citizens can now directly interact with Government Departments through SMS, and 254 public services have already been made available to the citizens.
m-Appstore, a mobile application store, has also been developed by DeitY as part of the initiative. The mobile app store currently hosts over 240 mobile applications that can be downloaded and installed free of cost.
In the beginning of the year, the Government launched its app store and rolled out a set of “m-governance” applications for Android and Java based phones through its. During launch most of the apps were developed by the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).
The Government also announced an app development contest inviting developers to make m-governance apps under six categories.