Government has so far blocked 320 mobile apps: Union Minister Som Parkash




The government has so far blocked 320 mobile apps under a provision of the Information Technology (IT) Act to ensure a safe, reliable and responsible internet for all its users, Parliament informed on Wednesday .

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash also said that these mobile applications were blocked in the interest of sovereignty, integrity, defense and security. state security. In February, 49 apps were reblocked after being relaunched after previously blocked apps were rebranded, he said.

“In line with the aim of ensuring a safe, reliable and responsible Internet for all its users, the Government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act 2000 “, said Parkash. In another written response, he said that India received only $2.45 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) from China between April 2000 and December 2021. The influx was reported in India during the period from April 2000 to December 2021,” he added.

In a separate response, the Minister said that according to the Union Territory Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Ministry of Home Affairs, industrial investment proposals worth around Rs 50,000 crore were received by them. Responding to another question, he said that currently 146 central approvals in 21 ministries/departments can be applied through the National Single Window System (NSWS) portal. “The one-stop-shop systems of 14 states/UTs have been linked to the NSWS portal, providing access to those states/UTs’ endorsements to apply through a single sign-on ID,” he said. All relevant central and state government ministries and departments have been requested to integrate their approval processes into the NSWS. “Currently, the KYA (Know Your Approvals) module contains details of over 3,400 approvals across 32 ministries/departments and 16 states/UTs,” Parkash said.


Article first published: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 3:48 p.m. [IST]

Casey J. Nelson