Atmanirbhar Bharat, The government had announced the Made in India messaging app Sandes to compete with the instant messaging app WhatsApp. This app works very much like WhatsApp, and provides messaging service to the users. Recently, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on July 30. That the Center has launched an instant messaging platform Sandes. It is available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
According to the report, Rajiv Chandrashekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT. He informed about the app in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on July 30. Similar to WhatsApp, users can access the ‘Sandes’ app by entering a valid mobile number and an email ID. At present, only government officials and agencies associated with the app are using the app.
According to Rajeev Chandrasekhar “Sandes is an open source based secure cloud enabled platform hosted by the government. This is so that its strategic control remains with the Government of India. This platform has many features. Single chat, group messaging, file sharing and Audio video calls can also made from it. It is available on Google Play Store and App Store”.
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The idea of a home-grown instant messaging app conceived by the government during its first term. IT wing NIC (National Informatics Centre) released the first version of Sandes on 20 August. However, as per reports, the government plans to fast-track the project during the pandemic.
Currently, the Sandes app is integrated with NIC Email, Digilocker and e-Office. As per the information provided on Google Play Store, the app supports end-to-end encrypted messaging, encrypted backup and encrypted OTP service. The Privacy & Data Policy of the App is governed by the rules and regulations of the Government of India.