Prime Minister launches Umang app

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 November 2017 formally launched UMANG, a state and central government services app. A user can sign up on the app for services from the Employees Provident Fund Organisation, the Central Board of Secondary Education, Bharat Bill Pay and others. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) along with the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) have developed the app, the name of which expands to Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance.

The app has 162 services from 33 state and central government departments and four states. Using the app, one can locate CBSE exam centres, view school results, calculate crop insurance premium, access soil health cards, book OPD appointments at government hospitals and view lab reports from there, register and apply for the PMKY programme, raise EPFO claims and more.

The app has been in the making since 2016 and is available on Android, iOS and Windows platforms. UMANG integrates with the core government services of Aadhaar, DigiLocker, Rapid Assessment System, and Bharat Bill Payment System. A user signing up on the app has to digitally complete KYC and link Aadhaar where required. It is currently available in 13 languages: English, Hindi, Assamese, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Odia, Punjabi, Malyalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, and Urdu.

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