The share of the service sector in India’s GDP was 55.3% in 2019 and the ban on Chinese apps is a big chance for this sector to grow with a rapid speed. It is a golden chance for the Indian information and technology sector to rule the hearts of Indians and also for the government to boost the speed of their Make in India project.
On 29th June 2020, the government banned 59 Chinese apps with the message that the sovereignty and integrity of India is utmost. This step also shows the self-reliance and self- confidence of India as a country with huge potential that requires a big push. This is obviously a big push for the IT sector to reach the peak. Responding to this step of the government, the IT sector has come forth with alternatives for the banned apps.
|Chinese Apps||Indian Alternative|
|Tik Tok||Chingari, Roposo, Mitron,|
|Cam Scanner||Kaagaz Scanner|
|Shareit, Xender||Share all, Jio switch, Smart share|
|Club factory||Myntra, FlipKart, Snapdeal, Ajio|
|UC browser||Jio browser, Bharat browser|
|Beauty plus, You Cam MakeUp||Indian Selfie Camera|
|Virus Cleaner||K7 Total Security|
These are the few examples of the efforts made by the IT sector. Its success depends on the feasibility of the products and the choice of the users. As a responsible citizen, it is also an opportunity for us to contribute to the growth of Indian economy and make the grip stronger on the pillars of self-reliance and self-sufficiency of India.
Although, the newly launched Indian apps are getting a good response from the the users, it fails to fulfill their expectations. After the assessment of reviews of these apps on play store, I found that most of the good ratings of these apps are not for their functioning but for their origin. It will be interesting to see the future response of the users and technical improvement of these apps.
Department of Economic Studies and Policy
Central University of South Bihar