The ban on Chinese apps comes across at a critical time. Union Minister for Electronics and IT, law and justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad stated how emergency power has been exercised, and all legal processes have been followed. In any way, the increased dependence on these foreign apps has to be stopped for a variety of reasons. It is also commendable how the Indian app community has risen to the opportunity, following the ban on Chinese apps.
India has the great intellectual capacity and imaginative faculty. We can very well come with our good apps and achieve our goal of a self-reliant country. Speaking at an event to commemorate five years of Digital India, the minister encouraged start-ups of the country and young talented individuals to build good apps. He also stated that he is confident about the emergence of our country as a center for apps.
In the same meeting, he requested Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and Nasscom President Debjani Ghosh to do their bit to encourage startups, technological minds, and youngsters to develop good apps. While the government will do all that it needs to, a helping hand from industry veterans is also needed.
Earlier this week, the government banned 59 Chinese apps, including very popular ones like WeChat, Helo, and TikTok. This was done to counter the security issues that were posed by these applications. Other prominent apps that have been banned include ShareIt, UC Browser, and Club Factory. As per the government, these apps indulge in activities that are prejudicial to the integrity, defense, and security of the country, the state, and the public order.
Prasad also asserted that Cabinet approval will be sought for a policy to provide a broadband connection through landlines. Our country is one of the largest markets for landlines; and cable operators can use it to give broadband connection to households. He also stressed on the importance of making India a prominent hub for software products in the coming times.