The Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended a ban on 54 Chinese mobile applications that pose a threat to the country’s security, official sources said on Monday.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) will formally issue a notification banning the operations of these apps in India.
Interestingly, the popular game Garena Free Fire which is Singapore-based and the developer is not from China is also in the list. According to the official figures, Free Fire was one of the most downloaded games in India in 2021.
Amid the ban, the application was already removed from the Google Play Store and App Store in India
The apps against whom the adverse security inputs were generated include Sweet Selfie HD, Beauty Camera, Music Player, Music Plus, Volume Booster, Video Players Media all formats, Viva Video Editor, Nice Video Baidu, AppLock and Astracraft, among others, the sources said.
This will be the second major action against Chinese apps.
In June 2021, the government had banned 59 Chinese apps including the popular short video sharing platform TikTok, UC Browser, WeChat and Bigo Live, saying they were prejudicial to the sovereignty, integrity and security of the country.
Both moves came in the backdrop of India’s ongoing stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh with China.
The stand-off has been going on since April 2020.
India shares a 3,400 km-long LAC with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
(With PTI inputs)