The Global Conference on Cyberspace is underway in India. The event’s highlight so far was the UMANG app announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It is meant to break you free from long queues just to avail simple government services.
Developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD), the app provides access to pan-India e-Gov services from the Central, State, Local Bodies, and Agencies of government. All at a one place. For example, the app can make getting an insurance or cooking gas very easy. Other accessible services include Healthcare, Finance, Education, Housing, Energy, Agriculture, Transport, Utility, and Employment.
It aligns well with the Indian government’s other initiative such as Aadhaar, DigiLocker, and PayGov. UMANG is secure and scalable. It is available for download on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices. The authorities claim that the sensitive profile data is saved in an encrypted format.