Mobile apps in India are now acting as platforms for social and behavioral changes among the rural population. From agriculture, health, education to availing government services, mobile apps have touched almost every aspect of rural development and continue to be the harbringer of change in rural India.
In Uttar Pradesh, two IT professionals, have developed an app called ‘SmartGaon’, that not only connects an entire village population internally and with the developed world, but also serves as a knowledge and information centre, a marketplace, a helpline and a holistic development tool to make their village a smart village. Yogesh Sahu, a Mumbai-based young entrepreneur delivering IT solutions to small and medium businesses, along with his friend Rajnish Bajpai, a software professional working abroad, had together envisaged creating a transformation in rural India, using mobile technology and Internet of Things.
And the results are visible. Taudhakpur, a remote village with limited amenities in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, is now developing at the speed of light. Within a span of 48 hours, the village has built 242 toilets, the highest in the state of UP. From setting up CCTV cameras, public address systems, dustbins and streetlights at various junctions, this village is getting smarter by the day. The village has a Wi-Fi zone in addition to 18-20 hours of power supply. All of this has been achieved due to a vision, which transcended into a mobile app called SmartGaon, wherein all initiatives undertaken are updated, recorded, tracked and monitored, ensuring free flow of information and community well-being. (Story courtesy : financial express.com)