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India’s Aadhaar and Umang App win awards at world Government Summit 2018

India’s Aadhaar and Umang App have won awards at recently concluded 6th World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai. Umang App won in Best m-Government Service Award for Accessible Government Category and Aadhaar won in the Best Government Emerging Technologies Award. The awards were presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of UAE Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Key Facts

Aadhaar: The award for it recognized India’s efforts of invention and innovation in field of technology and making the country completely digitalized. It was recognised as the world’s largest biometric enabled identification programme, which provides access to service, bank accounts, social services benefits, income tax, passport services by providing 1.2 billion citizens unique identification card with fingerprint, eye-print and other vital data. The initiative is managed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Umang App: The award acknowledged India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens. Umang stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It provides users unified platform that combines government departments and services, facilitating transactions for citizens

Background

World Government Summit acknowledged technology pioneers for providing global solutions to global challenges. India was ‘Guest of Honour’ country 2018 summit in which more than 140 countries participated. It was attended by several global delegates and speakers including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organizations.

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Union Government launches UMANG app

The Union Government launched new all-in-one mobile application called UMANG with an aim to make Government services accessible on mobile phone of the citizens.

The UMANG app offers 162 services from 33 state and central government departments and four states under a one-single platform.

UMANG app

The term UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance. It was launched to promote Digital India program and to drive mobile e-governance in India. The app was developed by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

The app provides unified approach where one application to avail multiple government services. It is single mobile app that has access to 1200 services of various government offices from Centre, State and utility services. It supports 13 Indian languages and caters to on-demand scalability. It provides all pan India e-Governance services like Aadhaar, PAN, booking gas cylinder, PF account and Digilocker on one single platform.

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