To facilitate the people of the state during the lockdown, in the wake of COVID-19 and to ensure social distancing in public, the Department of Information Technology has been playing a vital role by developing and implementing various IT applications. These Apps have been developed to provide contactless services to the people and to maintain social distancing even within the government offices and officials.
The department has developed and implemented various IT Applications to facilitate the citizens and administration during Corona lockdown. The idea of these Apps is to maintain social distancing and contactless services amongst public and even with Government officials. The Government at various levels is using the technology platforms provided by the IT department for gathering information, monitoring and decision-making in an efficient manner.
To provide efficient and digitized facilities to the people, the Department has developed COVID Curfew ePass application, available on http://covidepass.hp.gov.in portal. The applicants who want to enter Himachal Pradesh or exit the state and have vehicle can apply for ePass and those applicants who want to enter the state or exit the state and don’t have vehicle can register on the portal and are not to apply for ePass. The people can apply for curfew pass on this and the concerned District Administration would issue the pass online after scrutiny and verification. This application has been beneficial in reducing physical interaction and applicants can get e-pass online through a link sent through SMS. As many as 475529 applications have been received and about 157990 ePasses have been issued after scrutiny and verification, till date.
In order to facilitate interstate movement of the stranded people of Himachal Pradesh in other state and likewise people of other states in Himachal, such persons can also apply on http://covidepass.hp.gov.in. COVID Curfew ePass has proved a boon to the large number of persons stranded in different parts of the country. To further strengthen this, State Nodal Officer and State Joint Nodal Officer along with other Nodal Officers have been appointed to collect, collate and compile the data pertaining to the requests received for interstate movement and formulation of comprehensive plan, devise protocol and facilitate movement of people.
For maintaining record of quarantined persons, a Health Worker has been assigned to each quarantined person, to track the violation of quarantined location by COVID-19 suspects and generate alerts in case of violations, the COVID Quarantine App (http://covid19.hp.gov.in) has been developed. Corona Mukt Himachal Mobile App is also part of this system which is to be installed on the mobile phone of quarantine person. It has the facility of locking the quarantine location, so that alerts are generated in case of violations. Besides this, the training of Health officials (NHM, DSOs & BMOs) was done by the IT Department at Districts and Block levels through Video Conference. The data of about 445 quarantined persons has already been entered.
To provide a common place for all Government Orders, Advisories and Media Bulletins to avoid any misinformation or rumour, the Department has developed 'COVID Government Orders' available on http://covidorders.hp.gov.in . It has provided facility to Secretariat and District Level Officers to upload COVID-19 related notifications at a single place to make them available to the citizens. More than 571 notifications are available on this portal.
An application has also been developed for monitoring law and order related issues across the State. The application named 'Law & Order Monitoring & Reporting System' provides facility to Superintendents of Police and Police Stations for uploading Law and Order related information, as desired by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and consolidate the same on the portal and make the same available to State Government, Director General of Police, Superintendents of Police and SHOs. Each Police Station is required to report Law & Order related status on the portal 4 times a day and 6 hourly report daily containing number of violations of Lockdown/ Curfew, arrests made, vehicles seized, FIRs registered, fines imposed and law and order incidents reported including preventive actions taken etc.
Likewise various applications and online portals developed by IT department are proving boon for people stranded in state as well as other parts of the country especially in prevailing lockdown situation. It has also proven to be very helpful to the field functionaries of State Government to keep the data updated and to take various decisions efficiently in time bound manner.