The Policy Times in an endeavour to shed light to the unique innovation, entrepreneurs and start-ups of India to the forefront of global attention initiated “Global Start-Up and Innovation Series”. In the latest session Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder-Editor of The Policy Times had an exclusive interview with Professor MurlidharBhutada, Managing Director, Abhinav IT Solutions Private Limited, Pune an actively unique contributor to the electoral process supporting India’s democratic system.
Transparent electoral process and informed choice of the voters are instrumental deciding factors for such a large democratic system like India’s. Professor Bhutada is one of the pioneers in the field to bring a solution for transparent and informed electoral process for local governing bodies through his unique creation of a digital application, True Voter App, a unique creation to strengthen the democracy of India.
Link To The Video Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbR1iIXdefo
Professor Bhutada, you are an educator turned entrepreneur and your True Voter App has a huge potential for a large democratic setup like India’s and many other third world countries. Professor Bhutada how was the journey so far?
I was a professor and I left my government job at the age of 45.As people in naturally retire by the age of 60 , I was determined to dedicate my remaining time to create something that would benefit a larger section of people and aid our nation. And within 10 years of my journey ,we came up with a product like True Voters application . Although ,we have got several more products to our credit but the creation that gave us a distinct identity is True Voter Application.
How is True Voter Application uniquely contributing to Indian democracy?
True Voter application is a unique application designed for local body election process .
The People are mainly focused on elections of MLAs and MPs in India while local governing bodies like Panchayat Heads are actual persons are equally significant and with the new amendment these local bodies were given more focused and specific jurisdiction at local level development. We take account of main stakeholders in different fronts from officials involved into conducting the electoral process to candidates contesting for the election to the voters and curated a system that could drive smooth ,transparent ,informed and efficient electoral process. It was specially designed for the government of Maharashtra but it could be reshaped for other state election commissions as well.
This application is a voter centric system and has some unique offerings through features like Voter List where voters can search their name in Voter List with all Details of EPIC ID, Ward Number and booth number allotted to the voter and feature like Know Your Candidate(KYC) where voters can get details of the contesting candidates in the elections including details of symbol, party, qualification ,election expenditure and asset details and many other uniquely benefitting features.
That includes features like Objections to SEC Draft Voter List where voters can exploit their right to raise an objection if they feel that they have been allotted wrong ward or their name ss not found in voter list.
The True Voter application service can also avail unique and handy feature like booth navigation system and area wise local body elections result dashboard . They can also raise their expectations regarding the development of their areas and raise objection of candidate expenditure etc.
This application also has specific service for contestants and election officials. The contestants can not only communicate with their constituency voters but also avail voters data, generate vote awareness slips and update voters of their details etc.
The officials get a complete aid with whole election process from maintaining the status of all voters to update control chart etc , and elections include huge numbers of officials and this app creates a unique hierarchy and a feature to raise alarm for emergency situations.
All stakeholders involved can communicate with each other freely ,get relevant necessary data and proceed accordingly.
Professor Bhutada, do you plan to expand this application for the benefit of other states as well?
Yes , we are already have been in discussion and demonstration process of this application to 3-4 state governments and hope within a year atleast 10 states have adapted this app to their benefit including huge cost cutting.
Many other countries are going through digital transition of their governing process so do you have any global expansion plan as well?
As we progress on the domestic front global expansion is naturally next target and we hope to reach aleast 4 to 5 countries in near future.
How was the reaction of the stakeholders or recipient of True voters app?
The reaction was sceptical but as we made several modification that brought huge benefits to all the stakeholders and resulted in gradual acceptance in not only Maharashtra but appreciation from other states as well and now in Maharashtra the app has created a smooth state electoral process.
Can True Voter app be replicated for the use of any other part of governance?
Absolutely , it can act as a tool for public and government communication for implementation of policies ,schemes or other things as well.
Your message to the public and other stakeholders?Any other innovation on progress?
People should be well informed choice for the electoral process and transparent system is necessary for a prosperous country. We have several projects fr education and governance process but True Voter is huge project and is connected with vast audience and critical analysis of the data could help the election process as a whole.
This initiative is chaired and mentored by Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India & Global Smart City Panel, MTGF.
His observation for professor Bhutada’s innovation- “True Voter seems to be an extremely powerful and well positioned product and it truly empowers the voters and the democratic system. This system can hugely befit all the stakeholders in a democratic system and I can see it reaching to other democratic systems as well to bring good value to their electoral process”.
For further information on the innovation the innovator can be contacted through the information below-
Email: [email protected]
Mob: +91 9422325020