Government’s DeitY Comes Up With IT Agenda For 2013; Astounding Products Promised!

by Paul Joseph on January 24, 2013 · 0 comments

The Government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology ( DeitY ) has released its IT Agenda for this year & it sounds as a start-up’s promise of launching many wondrous products. Apart from some regulatory information like the Budget Spend, Sub-sectors which are going to be revamped, DeitY has some very interesting products lined up. In fact, one of them; e-gov app store is already developed, albeit partially. Covering about 18 sectors in myriad policies like Information Technology policy, Electronics policy, R&D Policy, Cyber Security policy and development of people-oriented IT solutions, DeitY will initially focus on Mobile Governance (m-Governance). The top three agendas worth a mention are: National Rollout of Mobile Service Delivery Gateway (MSDG) also commonly known as an App-Store & Mobile payment , National Information Infrastructure (NII 2.0), National cloud initiative & setting up academy for e-governance. From the above three we gave the e-gov app store a quick visit & came back a bit miffed. The app-store currently has a total of 76 applications most of which are developed by Government’s own Center for Development of Advanced Computing ( CDAC ). However, more than 80% (about 60) are mere ‘ demo ’ apps, while the rest are supposed to be ‘ live ’. Since they   originate  from the Government’s own app factory, we cannot immediately expect the UI to be smooth or the functioning to be top-notch. In fact, the ‘ app-store ’ is not really a store at all. It is, at present a mere website & clicking on the apps is followed by a download window. The setup file for Android (APK) & a few Java Applications (JAR) then have to be downloaded & subsequently installed to be used. Despite such efforts, majority of the applications are merely informative that showcase the various Government processes like applying for a fresh or duplicate Passport or Ration Card via images & audio-visual presentations. Apart from the app-store, DeitY has promised a Mobile payment gateway. Mobile Wallet (m-Wallet) & even a personal safety device in the form of an indigenously developed Android based watch! Looking at the app-store, we would advise our readers to simply have patience with the rollout of apps & other initiatives. Image Courtesy |  techtips.salon Looking For A Social Media Agency?? – Contact WATConsult – India’s Leading Social Media Agency

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