Jharkhand Mobile Governance launches 15 new apps under m-governance


The state of Jharkhand, which completed 15 years yesterday, has introduced a host of Android apps and 3 web portals marching towards the Digital India mission. According to Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, 2/3rd of the state’s population are mobile users. It have been developed by the Jharkhand Space Applications Centre and include Jharkhand transport, MNREGA, e-garbage, main bhi police (I’m a police too) and e-district.

The state will also connect Jharkhand panchayats with the National Optical Fibre Network by next year. The state will also launch a special purpose vehicle in order to create reports for bringing panchayats online, and has finalised a consultancy agency. It will also connect villages once panchayats are connected, and if that is not feasible, look at WiMax or TV white space for connectivity.

Jharkhand also launched an ‘Advantage Jharkhand portal’, a single window portal to facilitate quick clearance for industries. It has already signed an MoU worth Rs 880 crore for setting up a food processing industry. A Jharkhand Industrial Park Policy, 2015 has also been implemented.

The state has formed an anti-terrorist squad (renamed from the previous vigilance bureau) along with a cyber crime police station. With this, it has also launched an e-FIR system, following the lead of the Odisha state e-FIR system. For the e-FIR system, the government claims that 892 FIRs have been lodged, out of which 734 have been disposed.

Interestingly, on the state website (which I urge you to check because there’s a lot of information there), the emergency services section where citizens can dial the toll free 1967 number in case of murders, robberies, sexual harassment, rape, fire, accidents, kidnapping, medical emergency, bomb blasts, riots, terrorist attacks, forest fire, bird flu and industrial and mining accidents.The state also has a citizen grievances redressal platform where citizens can file their complaints online.

Developments in e-Governance in India:

– In December last year, Karnataka government’s m-governance platform M-One or Mobile One went live.

– In May, DeitY was looking to frame a policy for adopting and developing open application programming interfaces in government organizations to promote software interoperability for all e-governance applications & systems.

– In February, the Indian government launched 11 central government services on its government-to-business portal eBiz, with the aim of making the process of setting up a business in India simpler.


Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.