India top country in world in use of mobile apps: Ravi Shankar Prasad
India has become the top country in the world in the use of mobile applications and the government is encouraging and promoting Indian innovators to create apps, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, he said the Digital India programme coupled with encouragement being given by the government to promote Indian innovators to create apps has of late become a big movement.
"You will be happy to know that India has become the top country in the use of mobile applications. But we have to expand further and I'm quite sure in the coming years, Indian mobile app platforms on hosting of mobile apps will surely give a tough competition to the international platforms," he said.
The minister said that the government has started allowing Mobile Seva App Store to also host apps free of cost.
"In our mobile government app, all have come on board and its total download is 8.65 crore. Therefore, it is an improvement in the right direction.
"We are encouraging Make in India apps for Indians. We started a very good Atmanirbhar Bharat mobile app innovation challenge in which 6,940 app developers came and we selected 25 in nine categories and also rewarded them," he said.
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