India’s Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday posted a minute-long video on Twitter revealing that out of nearly 7,000 Indian-made apps that reached the government for review, 24 have been carefully handpicked for their potential to go global.
Restating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest attempt to curb the dependency on foreign goods and services, Prasad announced the selection of the 24 India-made apps calling it a “very good news”.
For India's security, defence, sovereignty and integrity we have banned more than 200 Apps.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 8, 2020
PM @narendramodi had appealed to India's entrepreneurs to make Made In India apps & now the best 24 apps that have been selected are of global quality.
This is called #AatmaNirbharBharat pic.twitter.com/6JAA9fpGgB
The names and details of the 24 apps that the government has reviewed have not been released.
Given the ongoing #BoycottMadeInChina movement in India, many netizens applauded Prasad’s announcement.
Sir, we as citizen of this country appreciate and congratulate for you and honorable PM for banning these apps. Also it is heartening to note that 24 apps selected are of global quality. Congratulations. I am sure more will follow.— Vimal Nagpal (@nagpal_vimal) September 8, 2020
Chinese funded tech Apps gunned down!! Lovely! Lets be one of the global Leaders in tye new and clean world .. https://t.co/M5wOkr4URs— prashanta majee (@PrashantaMajee) September 8, 2020
While app developers have been sharing their creations with the government, India recently conducted two tech innovation competitions -- Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2020 and the Made in India App Innovation Challenge.
The competitions witnessed thousands of participants from across India who nominated a wide range of apps and digital tools covering several categories from social networking to internet browsing and shopping.
India is the world’s second largest market in terms of internet usage and smartphones with over 333 million and 500 million users respectively.
For last five months, India and China have been blaming each other for violating the 4,057 km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC) that demarcates the two nations. On 16 June, India lost 20 Indian soldiers in brutal hand-to-hand combat with China's People's Liberation Army.