For the first time in India, the Maharashtra Government is collaborating with IT major Microsoft to develop applications for healthcare, education and social issues to help civic authorities interact with citizens.

Over 75 organisations are participating in the Windows AppFest currently underway at Pune and will code through the night to build these apps, the top three of which will be announced by tomorrow morning. These will be selected for presentation at a conference to be hosted by the Asian Development Bank.

Rajesh Agarwal, IT secretary, Govt of Maharashtra said that app marketplaces are proving to be viable platforms to host e-governance and socially relevant apps which can provide citizen centric services in an efficient, transparent and secure manner. Apps developed by Microsoft will be available on Microsoft phones.

The State government is also in discussions with Blackberry, Andorid and IOS for development of similar apps for their respective platforms, Agarwal added.

(This article was published on March 25, 2013)
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