Government's digital strike on China, 139 betting and 94 Chinese loan apps banned
The Modi government at the center has banned 137 betting apps and 94 loan apps while conducting a digital strike on China. Earlier last year, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned 54 Chinese apps posing a threat to India's security.
Taking major action on Chinese apps, the Government of India has once again banned more than 138 betting and 94 loan apps. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has taken this action based on the recommendations of the Union Home Ministry. According to media reports, the government was receiving complaints from several states including Telangana, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh against these apps, which used to promote betting and used to get trapped in the trap of collecting more money in the name of getting loans. Once people got trapped in the clutches of these apps, it was becoming very difficult to get out of it.
According to reports, these apps are the brainchild of Chinese nationals who hired Indians. Through loan-giving apps, people are lured to give money at a low rate and after taking the loan, they recover by increasing the interest up to 3,000%. When people were unable to pay the interest, the people working in these apps started harassing the people in debt.
According to media reports, the matter came into the limelight especially in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana after suicides by people who opted for loans from such apps or lost their money through betting apps. After this, the states as well as the central intelligence agencies asked the Union Home Ministry to take action against these apps. The government has found that 94 apps are available on e-stores and others are working through third-party links, whose work is to trap people and spy through apps. There is also a threat to the security of the data of the people who install these apps on their mobiles.
Last year, the ministry banned 54 Chinese apps posing a threat to India's security. The apps included Equalizer & Bass Booster, Tencent Xriver, Onmyoji Chess, and Dual Space Lite. The government had said that 54 apps allegedly collected sensitive data of important users. The IT Ministry had said in a statement that the data was being misused and sent to servers in hostile countries, leading to the ban.