Chandigarh, April 15
The Punjab Government has collaborated with OLA to develop a platform to issue e-passes to the 17 lakh farmers within the state, moreover regulating online the movement of trailers and other vehicles in grain markets.
The app has been adopted by the Punjab Mandi Board to launch an e-pass system with the help of the Department of Governance Reforms and Public Grievances in view of the Covid-19 crisis, a press assertion issued by the government said.
The Ola app, to be downloaded the cell phones of farmers, will also alert them of rush points in a mandi to check overcrowding. A dashboard within the app will also sends alerts on pass issuance, expiry and validation.
This system enables secretaries of market committees to generate mobility passes for farmers by the Purchase Centres as well as by arhtiyas. The software generates the required number of passes automatically, based on the historical data available with the Mandi Board.
All arhtiyas shall be provided with one pass for every trailer of wheat. The passes for a particular day shall be provided three days in advance to the arhtiyas to forestall rush. This technology is also expected to bring in transparency in the process of wheat procurement.Vishwajit Khanna, Additional Chief Secretary, Development, mentioned other than the e-pass system, an m-pass system had additionally been developed within the ePMB cellular software. A Unicode SMS is distributed to each arhtiya on the time of cross issuance. The arhtiya can allocate the passes to tractor-trailer drivers via the in-built m-pass system. The drivers can then obtain the cross utilizing the SMS acquired on his quantity.
The online management will assist the Mandi Board maintain law and order as well as observe health tips. Ravi Bhagat, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board and Special Secretary, Governance Reforms, mentioned with features such as geo-tagging, geo-hashing, alerts and emergency support, this technology would assist handle mandi operations well.
Pranay Jivrajka, co-founder of Ola, mentioned, “By helping the government connect with farmers using our technology platform, we are able to put our capabilities to the best use when the country requires innovation to quickly come out of this crisis.”