UMANG Mobile App UPSC

UMANG Mobile App

      HEADLINES:

IMD Weather Services VIA UMANG Mobile App

      WHY IN NEWS:

To further enhance the initiatives of Digital India Programme, MeitY has brought the India Meteorological Department (IMD) services on the “UMANG App”.

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Electronics & IT
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Recent Innovations : Digital India Programme : IMD

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS it is important to understand the latest update on this app with respect to weather information . Do not forget which ministry !

      ISSUE: 

  Prime Minister of India launched the UMANG App in 2017 to bring major government services on a single mobile app, with a larger goal to make the government accessible on the mobile phone of our citizens.

ALL ABOUT UMANG APP :

  The UMANG mobile app (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance)  is a Government of India all-in-one single, unified, secure, multi-channel, multi-platform, multi-lingual, multi-service mobile app, powered by a robust back-end platform providing access to high impact services of various organizations (Central and State).

IMPORTANT FEATURES OF UMANG APP : 

  • About 660 services from 127 departments & 25 states and about 180 utility bill payment services are live and more are in pipeline.
  • UMANG user base has crossed 2.1 Crore including Android, iOS, Web and KaiOS.
  • Citizens can also access their Digilocker from UMANG and give their feedback after availing any service through Rapid Assessment System (RAS) which has been integrated with UMANG.

UMANG Mobile App | UPSC

UPDATED FEATURES OF UMANG APP :

The following 7 services hosted on http://mausam.imd.gov.in web site of IMD have been on-boarded on UMANG Mobile application:

  • CURRENT WEATHER Current temperature, humidity, wind speed, direction for 150 cities updated 8 times a day.
  • NOWCAST– Three hourly warnings of localized weather phenomena and their intensity issued for about 800 stations, and districts of India by State Meteorological Centers of IMD.
  • CITY FORECAST – Past 24 hours and 7 day forecast of weather conditions around 450 cities in India are given.
  • RAINFALL INFORMATION– All India district Rainfall information daily, weekly, monthly and cumulative series are available.
  • TOURISM FORECAST– Past 24 hours and 7 day forecast of weather conditions of around 100 Tourist cities in India are provided.
  • WARNINGS– The alert issued to warn citizens of approaching dangerous weather.It is colour coded in Red, Orange and Yellow are the alert levels with Red as the most severe category.
  • CYCLONE Cyclone warnings and alerts provides the track of cyclonic storms along with likely time and point of crossing of coast.

SERVICES AVAILABLE ON UMANG :

ServiceDescription
DigilockerA secure cloud-based platform for storing, sharing and verifying documents/certificates.
Aadhaar CardYou can View and/or Download your Aadhaar Card from your Digilocker Account
EPFOThis service on UMANG allows you to monitor your EPF (Employee Provident Fund) Account Balance, EPF Pension Account Balance, etc. using UAN and OTP to registered mobile number.
NPSLogging in to the National Pension System account through UMANG App allows you to check your Tier 1 and Tier 2 Account balances, through PRAN and password
Pay Income TaxThis module available through UMANG application allows tax payers to pay their Advance Tax, Self Assessment Tax, etc. using Challan 280. After tax payment, the tax payment challan can also be tracked using the “Track Challan Status” service.
Ayushman BharatThis is National Health Protection Scheme currently being implemented as a Pilot Project to provide primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare network to masses.
e-RaktKoshThis UMANG module is designed to provide access to blood banks through greater digitisation and connectivity of blood banks across the country.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan YojnaThis part of the Government promoted app is designed to provide services that promote financial inclusion across the country.
Jeevan PramaanThe Jeevan Pramaan service is available only to the pensioners allowing them to generate a Life Certificate using mobile handset connected to an external biometric device
Parivahan Sewa – VahanAt present, this module in UMANG allows you to make payment of commercial road tax if Registration Certificate of the vehicle is updated on Digilocker.

SOURCES : https://www.paisabazaar.com/saving-schemes/umang-app/#services

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

MeitY has taken various initiatives in recent past to ease of lives of citizens by facilitating online delivery of Government services.

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