Government launch ‘joy’ to provide immediate support

supportMNA Technology Desk: The government of Bangladesh is going to launch a mobile phone app titled ‘joy’ to provide immediate support to women and children. Women and children will able to send message pursuing support at any emergency situation by pressing emergency button of the app.

Pressing the emergency button the victims will capable to forward a message for help to national helpline centre (10921), police control room, nearest police station and three FnF (friend and family) numbers.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to reveal the application ‘joy’ at the 86th birth anniversary of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib on August 8.

The app has been developed with the technical support from Access to Information (a2i) of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and it is available in Google Play Store.

The victims of violence and their relatives could also send rapid SMS to 10921 by using this app. When any woman or girl faces violence, then she could click the emergency button of the app and the SMS would be sent to the reserved numbers.

If click is not possible, mobile power button should be pressed four times and then it would be vibrated. After fifth time pressing the button, the SMS would be sent to the reserved numbers.

The government is working to modify the ‘joy’ for offline use within few days. Besides, discussion is going on with handset manufacturers to produce handset with built-in the app.

The app primarily introduced this app in Jessore, Keraniganj and Tongi on trial, later expanded to across the country increasingly.

Earlier in this month, DNCC (Dhaka North City Corporation) launched a digital mobile application titled ‘Nogor’ to get complaints from city residents. The city residents can also send the pictures of any irregularities to the DNCC by using the app.

By using the Nogor application, people can submit complaints and views directly to DNCC authorities over sufferings and difficulties connected to seven major issues such as road, streetlights, wastage, drainage, mosquito, illegal occupation, bride and corruption.


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