Mobile phones have switched to the status of a necessity from that of luxury. Mobile phones now form an essential part of the lives of people even in rural India. This has given rise to a number of apps for the transformation and betterment of rural areas. These apps provide a technology-based platform for citizens to connect, transform and shape rural India for the better. These apps include:
1. Meri Sadak: Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna
Meri Sadak is an app launched by the Government of India. The app provides a platform to the citizens through a comment or complaint box. Anyone troubled by any government road can post a query or complaint using this app. Citizens can also share photographs in the feedback column.
The app also shows the action being taken regarding every particular complaint. Also, The respective State Quality Coordinators (SQCs) of the Nodal Department implementing PMGSY will provide an interim response to the user. The main aim of this app is to increase transparency in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.
2. Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)
SRIJAN is a mobile-based application for the monitoring of soy crops. This app empowers woman farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability. Complete profiles of woman farmers along with detailed information of crops are uploaded. Thereafter, the crop is surveyed and inputs are suggested to increase yield and crop production. In addition, the app also provides features such as asking an expert opinion, harvest forecast, pricing and other such information that is helpful for farmers.
OpAsha is an app created for active detection of TB contact patients and case finding. This app is essential as it increases detection rates of patients suffering from tuberculosis. The operation is active in 2053 slums in nine states of India. The major focus of the app is to deliver quality services and products at affordable prices to the disadvantaged groups by delivering services and products at their doorstep. The major function of the OpAsha app launched in 2013 is to identify and diagnose a TB patient. The app functions as it asks the user a set of questions based on which a health worker enters the contact details of the suspected TB patient. The success rate of the app has crossed over 7000 people at multiple locations.
4. Swayam Shikshan Prayog
Swayam Shikshan Prayog is a mobile app that empowers women to become leaders and entrepreneurs. The app provides rural women and communities with a variety of opportunities including skill building, livelihood, and health-enhancing. The app is the backbone of the program bridging the gap between doctors and rural help seekers. The main focus of the app is to enable women to administrate preventive healthcare solution by setting up social enterprises. The benefits of this initiative have been delivered to around 1800 women in a number of districts.
JayalaxmiAgrotech is a mobile application that aims at providing crop specific information to illiterate farmers through tools such as audio and video. The biggest advantage of this app is that it can work even without an internet connection once it's installed. The app also provides high-end information such as analytics. The app also has a provision to counter language barriers by providing audio in various regional languages.