The Andhra Pradesh police is now moving towards mobile application `iClick' and Abhayam mobile application to help the people during distress and also considering to replace the present age-old Police Control Room landline no 100 with these applications in near future.
Re-affirming the government's commitment towards safety of women in Andhra Pradesh, deputy chief minister and home minister N Chinarajappa, along with Director-General of Police (DGP) JV Ramudu, launched the iClik (Instant Complaint login Internet Kiosk) centre and 'Abhayam-safety for sure' mobile application as a pilot project in Visakhapatnam.
These would be implemented statewide after studying the response from the public to the pilot project. In this regard, Ramudu said that though the government maintained the Dial 100 emergency services at an expenditure of `30 crore a year, about 95 per cent of the calls received by the public utility were fake. As such the police department is in a dilemma whether to continue with the Dial 100 emergency services or not, he said.
Ramudu clarified that the government would monitor the success rate of both the iclik and Abhayam before taking a decision on implementing them. If they get 40 to 50 per cent response, the projects would be extended to other areas of the state. The DGP added that it was the responsibility of Vizagites to utilise the applications for the benefit of society.
Ramudu said that the department had gone through many apps from across the country, but was impressed with the performance of the app developed by Logicshore, a Benguluru-based company, whose director Ajay Hari is a Vizagite.
A presentation was made on the mobile app and the iClik to the students and dignitaries in the meet. CoLeague Solutions, a Benguluru- based company designed the iClik services, while the Abhayam app was designed by Logicshore IT Consulting Ltd. The app can be downloaded from Google app store or through www.appolice.gov.in website.
Chinarajappa said that the rural people would be educated on the iClik centres and Abhayam applications. These applications can come in handy for women in distress, he observed. He opined that there was a need to expedite investigations and the trial process to ensure law and order. He said that there were almost 60,000 cases pending investigation in the state.
Chinarajappa claimed that the new government was successful in curbing smuggling of red sanders, which saw a 90 per cent decline, as task force was effectively deployed to contain the menace. He also said that the government has been trying to bring the police closer to common man, with a people-friendly approach by conducting programmes like sports events in tribal areas.