Taking another step towards ‘Self-reliant India’, the central government has launched the instant messaging platform ‘Sandes’. Giving this information in the Lok Sabha on July 30, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar said that this instant messaging app is available on Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
According to a leading daily report, Rajiv Chandrashekhar said in response to a query that ‘Sandes’ is an open source-based secure cloud-enabled platform. It is hosted by the government and on government infrastructure. This ensures that its strategic control remains with the government. Giving information about its features, he said that it can make audio-video calls, with features like one-to-one, group chat and media file sharing. It is available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Rajeev Chandrashekhar also said that like WhatsApp, users can use the ‘Sandes’ app with a valid mobile number and an email ID. However, at present, it is being used only by government employees and agencies related to it. ‘Sandes’ is exclusively hosted on Government infrastructure as per the app description given on Google Play Store. It supports end-to-end encrypted messaging, encrypted backup and encrypted OTP service. Its privacy and data policy is governed by the rules and regulations of the Government of India. At present, ‘Sandes’ can only be used by the government verified user.
The instant messaging platform ‘Sandes’ has been prepared by NIC i.e. National Informatics Center. It is believed that it has been prepared to compete with WhatsApp. In view of the arbitrary attitude of foreign social media companies, India is rapidly progressing towards the development of ‘Made in India’ social platform.