Trichy: As many as 120 android mobile applications facilitating e-governance were launched for Trichy to promote the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) and usage of digital tools for governance as a significant parameter in making a city smart. The ‘Smart Trichy’ apps, covering 22 state government departments, are developed in continuation to an Appathon event conducted by Climate Smart Technologies, a Coimbatore-based start-up here for college students last year to encourage e-governance by employing mobile applications to get the works done for the public in a click instead of visiting government offices.
The company entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a government-aided college here in September 2018 to train students on developing citizen service mobile applications. Around 100 students had developed more than 100 applications to avail various services such as applying for driving licence, transport permits, and to register marriages. With Trichy selected under smart cities mission, the applications were touted to make e-governance simpler and smarter. Further, in development to the initiative, the startup launched 120 more android applications.
“The objective in creating such applications is to promote smart governance. Mobile applications are going to be the future which can be utilised to address to fulfil our administrative needs from government,” Jeevanandhan Duraisamy, founder, Climate Smart Technologies said. The 120 applications published in Google Play will help citizens in applying to various government departments. The apps have the facility to avail subsidies from the rural development department, to avail new electricity connection and change of ownership for vehicles by filling up the forms. It is said that the digital signature can also be recorded through the app.
“The applications will be fulfilled once we avail API (application programme interface) permission from the state government to accept and process the applications in their server,” Jeevanandhan added.