NEW DELHI: Truecaller has launched an in-app digital government directory to support seamless interaction between citizens and the government by giving easy access to thousands of verified contacts of government officials.
The digital government directory gives access to helplines, law enforcement agencies, embassies, educational institutes, hospitals, and other key departments of about 23 states including Union Territories to Truecaller app users. This information has been sourced directly from the government and official government sources.
This initiative is aimed at helping and streamlining public access to government representatives and assisting over 240 million Indian Truecaller users in connecting with the government in a hassle-free manner.
Based on interactions with netizens and relevant stakeholders, Truecaller has learnt that one of the most pervasive scams on the phone involves impersonation of government officials. The creation of a verified government contact directory is part of Truecaller’s efforts to build trust in communication and protect users from frauds and scams, the company said.
Users will see a green background and a blue tick, indicating that the number is verified. Truecaller is working with different government departments to expand the directory and is looking at adding contacts at the district and municipal levels in the next phase, based on user feedback. It has also created a simple process for any government agency to share information and get verified on the directory.
Commenting on the launch of the feature, Pragya Misra, director of public affairs, Truecaller, said, “Truecaller has evolved to become more than just a caller identification app and is bridging the digital divide between the urban and growing semi-urban/rural markets in India by enabling trust in digital communication. Our attempt is to protect people from the widespread impersonation of government officials leading to scams and frauds.
“We believe that with this feature, citizens can easily reach out to the right authorities when in need. This is a first-of-its-kind digital directory of government numbers and we will keep improving on it based on user feedback. We will continue to align our efforts to make communication safe by building trust.”
To access the feature and learn more about it, visit – www.truecaller.com/blog/features/introducing-the-government-services-digital-directory. (ANI/NewsVoir)