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Karnataka govt’s Mobile One app launched

With the launch of Mobile One, country’s first governance platform on Monday, Bengaluru has once again lived up to be truly the IT capital of the country. This initiative makes Karnataka the first State in India to launch a unified mobile platform which will enable over 4,500 services (both public and private) to public. These services will be available 24x7x365 days basis across the State on any mobile device. The service was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Using the Mobile One platform, people of Karnataka will be able to pay utility bills and property tax, book railway and bus tickets, file income tax returns, apply for passport, driver’s license and also pay up for traffic challans. The app is available across all platforms, including iOS and android. The services can be availed with the help of low-end mobile phones also through integrated voice response (IVR), SMS or mobile web. The uers can dial 161 or *161# to access MobileOne services. However with a smart phone it will be possible to access many more services.

Of all the services available, this platform also enables users to draw the attention of authorities towards non-functioning services. People can take pictures of potholes on roads or streetlights that are not functioning and send them to officials concerned for redressal.

The initiative is done on public-private partnership mode for which the State government has collaborated with IMI Mobile, which is one of the world’s largest mobile value-added service companies.

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