Bangladesh today launched a free mobile phone application, Alapon, for the government officials to provide them with a reliable and secure internal communication system for chatting, online calling, video calling, group messaging and file sharing.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched the locally developed app ahead of the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet at Bangladesh Secretariat in Dhaka.
The new app, already available for free download from IOS and Google play store, is expected to work like the popular app Viber.
“Alapon has been developed to make the official activities dependable and faster,” Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told journalists after the meeting.
He said all the 1.4 million government officials could download it using their NID numbers and mobile numbers they provided during the pay fixation.
All kinds of communications will be easier as mobile number of any specific official could be collected after going to ‘advanced search’ option of the app – developed by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Division.
Besides, all security systems have been incorporated in the app so that none can easily hinder the security of internal communication by the government officials.
“The app is unique compared to the existing ones as it’ll require less bandwidth, charge and space,” Alam said. “The government money will also be saved as there’s no need for additional charge, except the internet cost.”