“I Rakhwali” is an android and iOS app, an effort of the state government to complement its commitment to preserve and maintain the environment in Punjab and engage people in the process. The minister also said that the “I Rakhwali” app is launched in this direction. Punjab Forestry Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said the app was designed to bring greenery and environmental protection to Punjab and its main goal is to inspire people to plant more trees.
Aim of the I Rakhwali app launch
According to the Minister for Department of forest & Wildlife and Preservation, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, the department will motivate people to preserve the environment and strive for their cooperation. The minister said that the I Rakhwali app has been launched, through which the department will motivate people to preserve the environment and seek their cooperation. The app was launched on 3RD September 2020. The objective of this initiative is to protect the state forest area by involving people with stakeholders in the process.
Features of I Rakhwali app
-The minister said that through I Rakhwali app anyone can report illegal cut of trees or any damage to forests since the average person has prior knowledge, and contribute to the protection of the greenery of Punjab.
– He further added that I Rakhwali app will help ordinary people with the geographic location of nurseries State government has developed an app to encourage people to protect the environment and act.
-This will raise awareness among citizens of the need to protect trees and forests.
-The I Rakhwali app aims to provide state citizens with the geographic location of nurseries so they can easily access free plants and seedlings. You can also upload videos up to 20 seconds long according to the government.
Other projects by the ministry:
Forest minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot of Punjab launched a series of projects targeting Level 71 residents of Van Mahotsav State. It highlighted the vital link between forests and the environment to maintain the ecological balance on Earth. He said the government of Punjab has developed a green I Haryali app with which anyone can get 15 seedlings. Other apps launched by department of Forest & Wildlife of Punjab for similar purposes are I Nursery and PunForest.
Reliability of the Apps and review of I Rakhwali app
One of the key disadvantages of the app launch is that the I Rakhwali app is available only in iOS phones i.e., the app is not available in google play store, it can be downloaded only in Google App Store or App Store. iHariyali is the only application available in both App store and Play store, purpose of which is to buy any kind of plant and deliver it at you home all around Punjab.
Apps such as I Nursery and PunForest are only available in Google play store and not on App store. From the ratings section of the applications I Hariyali and I Nursery, it appears that the people are having lot of problems and tech errors while using the said applications however, PunForest, through which the users can upload 20 sec long videos has been liked by the users.
The review and ratings section of the I Rakhwali app shows just rating by one person and there isn’t much buzz or appreciation about its working since the launch. Although the idea was a wonderful choice by the state government, its execution seems to have failed. The ministry should have known that most of the population uses android and not iOS so, the better option would have been to create an app which is supported by android so that most of the citizens would have benefited.