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Aarogya Setu was downloaded nearly 17 Crore times

Newdelhi:2/1/21:Major e-Governance programmes and activities are undertaken by MeitY ( Ministry of Electronics & IT) during 2020, including the support given during the pandemic, are as follows:

  • Aarogya Setu, a contact tracing app, has been downloaded 16.71 crore times (Android, iOS, and KaiOS) and has successfully predicted a large number of potential COVID-19 hotspots.
  • MyGov platform reached over 1.45 crore registered users, with more than 10 crore users across social media platforms; key initiatives include Saathi ChatBot, Positive Harmonies, MyGov Podcast Fact Checker, Whatsapp Chatbot, Telegram outreach, etc. and various innovative challenges such as Shri Shakti Challenge, Drug Discovery challenge, AI challenge, etc.
  • DigiLocker, the digital platform for issuance and verification of documents issued by Government and private departments, achieved 5.19 crore registered users; over 426 crore documents have been issued from 722 Issuer organisations.
  • National Center for Geo-Informatics (NCoG), a Geographical Information System (GIS) platform, has completed over 550 projects for 29 Central Ministries, Departments & Agencies and, 19 State Governments and UTs.
  • Learning Management System (LMS) has conducted 2,337 e-classes and 5,540 e-content provided for over 15 lakh learners from 73 organisations.
  • UMANG, a mobile app (Android, iOS, and KaiOS), is a unified platform aggregating major govt services (center, state and local bodies); 2084 services are available and the app is integrated with Aadhaar, DigiLocker, Payment Gateway etc.
  • Open Forge, a software repository and collaborative platform for software developers for managing project lifecycle, has 1,625 registered projects, 3,163 repositories, 7,524 developers and 1.86 lakh commits on the platform.
  • India’s first global summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), RAISE 2020, was inaugurated by Prime Minister and featured 320+ keynote speakers from 21 countries with over 79,000+ registered users from 147 countries for the virtual summit; AI Startup Challenge saw participation from 299 startups, out of which 21 startups (15 winners and 6 special mentions).
  • Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge was launched for 9 categories (Business, eLearning, Entertainment, Games, Health etc.); over 6,900 entries were received, out of which 24 apps in various categories were awarded and 20 other apps were given Special Mention.
  • Digital Skilling initiative launched by MeitY and NASSCOM in emerging technologies; the initiative aims to cover 7 lakh IT professionals in the next 5 years.
  • Jan Dhan Yojana – 41.49 crore beneficiaries with about Rs 1.32 lakh crore balance; 1.26 lakh bank mitras delivering doorstep banking services.
  • Aadhaar – 127 crore enrollments, with 4,947 e-Authentication and 879 crores e-KYC done.
  • Electronic Transaction Aggregation & Analysis Layer (eTaal) dashboard (iOS and Android app available) for an aggregated view of online transactions through e-Governance projects across Central, State, and Local level.
  • GeM has 1.8 million products and 60,000 services on its platform, offered by 9 lakh sellers and procured by 18,904 registered buyer organisations; transactions worth 74,229 crores have been facilitated with over 57.88% of the order value from MSEs.
  • Open Government Data (OGD) platform has over 4.57 lakh datasets available to citizens for download; data maintained by 354 Chief Data Officers from 174 Ministry/Departments.
  • National Language Translation Mission platform has 4 startups undergoing incubation to develop and deploy innovative solutions in Indian languages and stimulate massive public participation.
  • eHospital, a one-stop solution for connecting patients, hospitals, and doctors, has been implemented in 418 establishments with about 17.5 crore transactions.
  • Common Service Centres (CSCs) – about 3.72 lakh operational supported 12 lakh direct and indirect jobs, with over 37,000 women Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs).
  • Jeevan Pramaan, a biometric-enabled digital service for pensioners to submit their Digital Life Certificates (DLC) online, processed 4.31 crore DLCs till November 2020.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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