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Atma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge – How can India take advantage of boycotting Chinese?

The Government of India has banned and completely removed from Play stores 59 Chinese Apps in India. Undoubtedly, China has a significant stake in Indian companies. Along with that, China is India’s second-largest trade partner; the country still holds 10.6% of our trade. 

The Government has banned the Chinese apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009.

The reason behind the ban of Chinese app in India is that the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has received various complaints about the misuse of some mobile apps for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers outside India

The banned apps have included many apps majorly used by the Indian people like TikTok, Shareit, Camscanner, Club factory, Parallel Space, UC Browser, and many more. 

User base in India for Chinese banned apps:

Banned Chinese Apps - Opportunity For India Inc

How are the countries boycotting China?

After the widespread pandemic coronavirus in the world, every country is boycotting China, putting restrictions on its products to banning its applications.

  • America had banned Chinese airlines
  • America has also banned Chinese companies from raising funds from its investors 
  • Japan’s government has ordered to shift its company’s operations from China and come back to Japan or choose any other country.
  • India has boycotted Chinese applications.
  • Russia, Indonesia, Australia, and many other countries are planning to boycott Chinese products and services.

Go through the article; we will share 

  • List of the Chinese apps removed from Play Store, Apple’s App store
  • Alternative for Chinese apps in India
  • Chinese apps with no Alternative in India 
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge
  • How can India take advantage of boycotting Chinese products – Challenges and Solutions

List of the Chinese apps removed from Play Store, Apple’s App store

Banned Chinese Apps - Opportunity For India Inc

Alternative for Chinese apps in India

Banned Chinese AppsAlternative AppsUse of App
TikTok, Helo, Big Libe, Vigo Video, Vmate, U Video and KwaiMitronBolo IndyaRoposoDubsmashTrillerVideo platforms
Baidu translate Google TranslateHi TranslateTranslation Apps
We Meet, We ChatFacebookInstagramWhatsAppHike messenger Chating and connecting with social media
Hago Play With New FriendsHousepartyGroup video chatting through mobile
Shareit, Xender, ES File ExplorerFiles GoSend AnywhereGoogle DriveDropboxFor sharing files, data etc.
UC Browser, DC Browser, CM Browser, APUS BrowserGoogle ChromeMozilla FirefoxMicrosoft EdgeOperaJio BorwserBharat BrowserWeb browsers
Mobile LegendsFortnite Battle RoyaleLegends of LegendsPUBGOnline Video game
BaiduGoogle MapsApple MapsWeb Mapping service
Shein, Club Factory, ROMWMyntraFlipkartAmazonLimeRoadSnapdealAJIOShopping Platform
CamscannerAdobe ScanMicrosoft Office LensPhoto ScanTapScannerScanning documents
YouCam makeup, SelfieCity, MeituB612 Beauty & Filter CameraPhoto editing
DU battery saverBattery Saver & Charge OptimizerBattery saving
Newsdog, UC News, QQ NewsfeedGoogle NewsApple NewsInshortsDailyHuntNews updation 
QQ MusicJioSavaanGaanaMusic App

Chinese apps with no Alternative in India 

There are few Chinese apps with no Indian alternative, or if available, they are not that much functional to use properly or solve the problem. So, here you can grab the opportunity to build an app.

  • QQ Mail / Mailmaster – It an e-mail service provider app.
  • WEIBO Weibo is a popular Chinese microblogging website. 
  • Virus Cleaner: Antivirus cleaner for android phone

Atma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge –Last date 18 July

Another major step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India Atma Nirbhar is the “Bharat App Innovation Challenge.” 

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission – Niti Aayog has launched Digital India Atma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge for Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups. Participants can promote existing apps or develop new innovative apps.

PM Modi Launches 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge'
Banned Chinese Apps – Opportunity For India Inc

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This challenge is to support and build a strong ecosystem for Indian apps by using Indian technology for building “Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”

How can India take advantage of boycotting Chinese products?

The Indian government has launched the “Make in India” platform to encourage the use of “Swadeshi” products and become “Atamnirbhar.”

Every country keeps an eye on the Indian market and start-ups to fund them and start their operations. Therefore, boycotting Chinese products has provided India with ample opportunities to attract foreign industries and bring the economy back to the boom. This will help to generate FDI, employment opportunities, and make India self-reliant. 

The government has identified 12 sectors which can help to become India self-reliant and become global supplier:

  • Food processing; 
  • Organic farming; 
  • Iron; 
  • Aluminum and copper; 
  • Agrochemicals; 
  • Electronics; 
  • Industrial machinery; 
  • Furniture; 
  • Leather and shoes; 
  • Auto parts; 
  • Textiles; and 
  • Masks, sanitizers, and ventilators
Banned Chinese Apps - Opportunity For India Inc
Banned Chinese Apps – Opportunity For India Inc

How to achieve Made in India mission?

Manufacturing sector:

Growth in manufacturing is the most significant factor for Indian economy development. Manufacturing has the potential to provide large scale employment to the Indian population and the ultimate increase in GDP. 

India has already established world-class excellence in manufacturing in core sectors such as textiles, auto components, and, more recently, petrochemicals.

India has several strengths that could help it become a manufacturing powerhouse and Atmanirbhar: 

  • A large pool of engineers, 
  • A young labour force,
  • Low wage rate, and 
  • Significant domestic consumption of manufactured goods.

Here are a few challenges also that are yet to be addressed to increase the manufacturing operations in India:

  • Development of employee skills

The individual, as well as collective growth, affects a lot in the manufacturing operations. The industry can establish vocational training institutes for developing skilled labor pools around key manufacturing clusters at a collective level. At the individual level, manufacturers can improve their capabilities at the entry-level and then enhance their skills for the leadership levels.

Financial incentives can play a huge role in engaging and appreciating them to focus on continuous improvement in the manufacturing sector.

  • Efficient supply chain

Smart manufacturers use the existing technology to make their supply chain efficient. Real-time inventory ERP and waste management of resources can help to increase supply chain visibility. Furthermore, data analytics can be used for demand forecasting and accordingly make them cost-efficient. 

  • Improvement in quality  

Making others rely on Indian products can be achieved with superior quality. While making the supply chain efficient, all suppliers should focus on maintaining the raw material quality and, ultimately, the finished product. Here, OEMs should invest in building quality into their designs to ensure quality.  

Technology sector:

Today, India is the world’s second-largest smartphone market. Moreover, the Indian IT industry aims to reach USD 350 Billion in revenue by 2025 from the current revenue of USD 150+Billion. However, it does not manufacture any of the phones itself. It can be said that India may have missed many opportunities in the technology sector, and the U.S., Europe, and China have established the major leads.

However, India can still become self-reliant in electric and fuel cell vehicles, electricity storage systems, solar cells, and modules, aircraft including UAVs, AI, robotics and automation, biotech/pharma, and others are well within reach.

The government must incentivize large Indian private companies to work with domestic MSMEs who build globally competitive products and promote a local ecosystem. How to strengthen Software- technology sector:

  • Setting up of factories and manufacturing units
  • Investment in innovation
  • Focus on building IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) regime
  • Invest in R&D (Research and Development) 

Now, coming to the most substantial factors, why should foreign companies outsource software development to India?

  • Young talent

India is a prime destination for offshore software development. Indian Information technology industry is well-known for its cost competitiveness and its high-quality software services.

India has the talent pool (high percentage of developers), that makes it the biggest outsourcing hub. Here, around 95% of the developers are young aged within 18-35. The education offered in India to the young talent is steadily accumulating new and improved skills daily to deliver quality software solutions across all industry verticals.

So, when you work with India in the software development profile, you will meet the unmatchable talent pool.

  • Lower cost

We all know that software development costs in India are more economical than in other countries. This is the main reason that India is growing in the software development field too fast. Undoubtedly, we never fail to match the price-quality ratio that means “great quality at the reasonable price.”   

Thus, reduction in cost helps India to gain a competitive advantage with economies of scale.

  • Quality

India’s top software development firms are consistently delivering top-notch quality because of the talent pool available in India. The huge talent is highly focused on the ever-increasing thirst for learning and experimenting with new technologies.

The combination of innovation, a chance to young talent, and government support are just some of the advantages in the software development market segment.

Over the years, thousand global enterprises across the U.S., Europe, and other locations have realized India’s potential and have set up their own IT or R&D centers to take advantage of the India’s cost effective and talent. 


Banning of Chinese apps in India will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted to ensure the safety of Indian cyberspace.”

Now, it is time to promote “Make in India – Swadeshi” products for India and the world. Overall, the focus should be shifted from demand to supply side.

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