In the latest round of apps being banned, the government took out 49 applications. The government claims that these applications were more like duplicates of the ones that were banned initially. Also Read – Indian government issues ban order for 54 Chinese apps: Report
According to a Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, the Indian government has so far blacklisted 320 mobile applications. The data was provided in a written response to the Lok Sabha. According to Som Parkash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, these applications were denied due to the state’s “sovereignty, integrity, and security.” Also read: Following China’s recent app ban, India’s government will continue to scrutinise apps: Report
In order to showcase how this doesn’t impact the Indian economy a lot, Parkash also said that India has received only $2.45 billion Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from China. This investment was made from April 2000 to December 2021.
According to a PTI report, Parkash said, “”In line with the objective to ensure a safe, trustworthy and accountable internet for all its users, the government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under the provision of section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000,” Also Read – As COVID-19 cases spike in India, Aarogya Setu, BHIM, UMANG and more government apps to get your work done online
The Indian government had announced the first round of ban on Chinese applications in the month of June 2020. The list of 59 apps includes popular names such as TikTok, ShareIt, UCBrowser, SheIn, Clash of Kings, WeChat and many more.
He further explained China’s contribution in FDI inflow in India or lack thereof. Parkash said, “China stands at 20th position with only 0.43 per cent share (USD 2.45 billion) in total FDI equity inflow reported in India during the period of April 2000 to December, 2021.”
The second time Chinese apps were axed was in September 2020. This time, the most popular game on Android and iOS had to face a shutdown in India. PUBG Mobile was banned. This led to Krafton studios announcing an Indian version of the game BGMI. Few NGOs in India are demanding for a ban of the battle royale game.