Ravi Shankar Prasad (Photo-ANI)
In response to a question asked by the government about starting a ‘messaging and calling app’, Prasad said that cyber security is very important.
Incentives for mobile app creation
In the Rajya Sabha, Prasad said that along with the Digital India program, the government is encouraging Indian innovators to develop mobile apps and in the coming time, India will present a tough challenge on international platforms in this area. He told that the government has allowed the Mobile Seva App Store to have free apps. Prasad said, “In our mobile service app, everything is there and a total of 8.65 crore people downloaded it. This is an improvement in the right direction.
He said, “We are encouraging the Make in India app for Indians. We started the self-reliant India mobile app innovation competition in which 6940 app developers came forward. Out of these, we selected 25 in nine categories and were also given awards.Cyber security is very important
In response to a question about the introduction of a ‘messaging and calling app’ by the government, Prasad said that cyber security is extremely important and no incentive will be given to such app developers whose apps may pose a risk.
He said that there is already a mobile service app and there are also messaging centers of the state governments. He said, “But we want more number of innovations to come from outside the government.” However, cyber security is very important and those whose products are of question mark will definitely be a challenge. Keeping in mind cyber security, we have stopped some apps. ”
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He told that according to the India App Market Statistics Report 2021, five per cent of the apps on Android are apps that Indian developers have created. He said, “Seeing the need, a mobile service app store was started which has government apps and it can also keep private apps. Mobile Seva App Store is India’s first indigenously developed App Store which has more than 965 apps in different domains and public service categories. These apps can be downloaded for free.