Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched UMANG e-governance app at the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS 2017) in New Delhi. The mobile app is available for download for Android and iOS users.
“Today, we launched the UMANG Mobile App, which will provide over a hundred citizen-centric services. At the back-end, these services will be catered for by many different departments of the Union and State Governments. This integrated approach will add an automatic layer of “peer performance pressure”, in the working of these departments,” said PM Modi.
Quick introduction to UMANG app
UMANG stands for Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance, which lets users avail various government services ranging from different government bodies and citizen centric services in a single app. Developed by Spice Digital, one of the key highlights of UMANG app includes integration with various services that fall under PM Modi’s Digital India initiative such as Aadhaar, DigiLocker and PayGov. It also has a built-in Aadhaar-based authentication mechanism to let users securely access different Aadhaar related services. UMANG has already crossed half a million app downloads on Google Play Store as of this publishing.
How to use UMANG app: Initial impressions
I quickly installed UMANG app on my Android to know more about its overall working and features. Upon installing the app for the first time, I was asked to agree to its terms of service and sign up. Furthermore, I came across an option to link my Aadhar card details, which I believe should come handy while trying to access certain Aadhaar-based schemes such as digital payments, filing income tax returns, connect Aadhaar-PAN etc.
Over the coming days, I plan to come up with more detailed stories on getting started with UMANG, setting up account, linking Aadhaar card and more.