Mumbai, August 17 2019: BHONGA (A Megaphone in Marathi) acts like your digital loudspeaker. It will give an individual the power to reach out to people in one's neighborhood whenever he or she needs.
This app connects you with people based upon your location. Once downloaded, you will be connected to everyone having appwithin the radius of 1km even if you do not know them. Also, the circle is dynamic and moves along with you as you travel.
Bhonga,has now teamed up with ex-servicemen to take care of emergencies on its platform. The user can use the app to reach out to everyone around for posting messages which may be an emergency, an offer, a query or even an opinion or information which he believes may be of help to people around him. The app only shares location coordinates for security and anonymity reasons and supports photos and audio.
Says Radhika Agarwal, Director, Linkus Infratech creators of Bhonga: “Reliability, discipline, commitment to work and the eagerness to take responsibility are the traits that make defense personnel perfectly on top of the form for administering the emergencies on the platform. Thus, we decided to have ex-servicemen scrutinize all the emergencies shared on the app."
The team will be led by ex-military Captain Mahendra Gopal Ghag who has served the Indian Army for 32 years. Captain Ghag will now guide the citizens facing various kinds of emergencies. The team is also keen to travel across Mumbai if needed. He says: “Every year 60,000 soldiers retire with little option but to take up miscellaneous security jobs. I feel that Bhonga can not only leverage the experience of retired armed forces personnel but also offer valuable help to the locality and at the same time offer a great opportunity to army men to live a meaningful life by serving the nation”. Linkus Infratech plans to partner with the Army Welfare Placement Organization (AWPO), which comes under the Ministry of Defence, to enable and empower army veterans and encourage them to come and help the civilians.
“The app is meant to empower citizens and ex-servicemen monitoring emergencies would multiply the value of the platform. We plan to have 37 ex-servicemen monitoring every constituency of Mumbai on our payrolls by the end of 2020-21”, adds Radhika.