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April 25, 2020

eGov Foundation Launches COVID e-Pass Platform for Movement of Essential Goods and Service Providers in India.

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Photo: Specimen COVID e-Pass. Image provided by eGov Foundation.

BANGALORE, India, April 25, 2020 — To simplify the process of issuing e-passes for essential goods and service providers during the lockdown, eGov foundation has launched the COVID e-Pass system. The platform would reduce the operational burden of government officials and help in ensuring a seamless supply of essential goods and services during the lockdown.

The COVID e-Pass system is a trust-based application where the state nodal officers must approve one-time registration requests from the companies along with setting the daily quota of passes for each company. The designated authority from the company is then allowed to generate bulk passes for company employees/partners, within the set quota, on their own without having to reach out to the district administration for inter-city movement. The pass is delivered to the applicant in pdf and SMS with an instruction to carry a valid photo ID. State Nodal Officers will work with police authorities for verification and validation of the e-Pass during the commute.

According to eGov Foundation, this easy to use and intelligent system is already up and running in Delhi, Haryana, Telangana, Odisha, Punjab, Puducherry & Karnataka.

State nodal officer for Karnataka, Kapil Mohan (IAS), expressed satisfaction with the working of the system. Mr. Mohan noted that the solution would provide relief to companies for inter-district and inter-state movement of personnel for managing nationwide supply chains.

The e-Pass platform can also get integrated with Aarogya Setu, the government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, which has an estimated one million new users registering every hour, and a total of 70 million registrants. The first phase of this integration will allow the e-Pass system to poll Aarogya Setu to check the health indicator of the individuals before generating the ePass.

“The creation of the National e-Pass platform in less than a week is a beautiful moment. It manifests how digital infra like eGov’s DIGIT platform can create highly contextual solutions at scale and speed. It also brings out the power of co-creation that foundations like ours can catalyze. We collaborated with volunteers from iSpirit, Aragoya Setu team at MeitY, State Governments, AWS, and Consumer products companies to build this solution. The team that worked on this initiative put the mission ahead of themselves and put in an extreme amount of hard work while going through the same stresses of managing groceries, worrying about their loved ones,” said Viraj Tyagi, CEO, eGov Foundation.

Hiren Doshi, VP, eGov Foundation, stated, “Ensuring the availability and seamless supply of essential items across the nation, we are working with States and have developed a simple mechanism for them to issue the permits digitally with ease. The availability of essential goods takes place through consumer product companies, organized retail stores, and e-commerce companies. This platform will allow companies to generate digital passes for their employees and ensure a smooth supply of daily use essentials, amidst this lockdown.”

eGov Foundation was established in 2003 by Nandan Nilekani and Srikanth Nadhamuni to partner with city administrators in their drive to leverage the transformative power of technology for a better quality of life in our cities and to make them sustainable.

“Over the last 17 years, we have partnered with more than 1000+ towns and cities across India, and more than 12 Crore Citizens have benefited from our platform. And we know there is much more to do to build a thriving, digitally-enabled ecosystem in all 4400+ towns and cities in India,” eGov Foundation declared.

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