India has blocked 320 mobile apps so far to ensure safe internet for users: Union Minister Som Prakash

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The government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under a provision of the Information Technology (IT) Act to ensure a safe, reliable and responsible internet for all its users, parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Trade and Industry Minister Som Parkash also said that these mobile applications were blocked in the interests of the state’s sovereignty, integrity, defense and security.

In February, 49 apps were blocked again after they were revealed to have been relaunched after rebranding previously blocked apps, he said.

“In line with the objective of ensuring a safe, reliable and responsible Internet for all its users, the government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under the provision of Section 69A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000,” said Parkash.

In another written reply, he said India received only $2.45 billion (about Rs. 18,701 crore) of foreign direct investment (FDI) from China from April 2000 to December 2021.

“China ranks 20th with a share of just 0.43 percent ($2.45 billion) of total FDI stock inflows as reported in India from April 2000 to December 2021,” he added.

In a separate reply, the minister said that according to the Government of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and the Ministry of Interior, industrial investment proposals worth about Rs 50,000 crore have been received by them.

In response to another question, he said that currently 146 central approvals from 21 ministries/departments can be applied through the National Single Window System (NSWS) portal.

“The single-window systems of 14 states/UTs are linked to the NSWS portal, providing access to approvals from these states/UTs through a single login ID,” he said.

All relevant government and state ministries and departments have been requested to integrate their approval processes with the NSWS.

“Currently, the KYA (Know Your Approvals) module contains details of more than 3,400 approvals from 32 ministries/departments and 16 states/UTs,” said Parkash.

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