Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)
NEW DELHI: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mentioned innovative apps on Mann Ki Baat last Sunday, several indigenous apps have raced to the top 10 in the app store in their respective categories.
In “social” category, the indigenous apps trending among the top 10 are— Josh, Snapchat, Sharechat, Moj, Roposo and Chingari. In education segment, apps like Ap Sarkar Seva, Drishti, Saraldata, Voot kids, PunjabEducare, Doubtnut, Kutuki Kids, are new favourites, whereas in health and fitness category Aarogya Setu app leads followed by other indigenous apps like Stepsetgo, Home Workout, Loss Weight app for men, Increase Height Workout, Six Packs in 30 days.
In the latest “Mann Ki Baat” episode last week, Modi had exhorted citizens to support indigenously developed apps, which was seen not only an attempt to boost the “self-reliant India” campaign but also push trials of these apps to the extent that they replace other popular apps, which are controlled by foreign companies and are not considered safe.
Modi had appreciated some of the indigenously developed apps like Koo, StepSetGo, Zoho, Chingari, Kutuki, FTC talent, etc.
The “Aatmanirbhar App Innovation Challenge” had selected the best apps from around 7,000 entries across India. These were from different categories like gaming, entertainment, business, utilities, social media and fitness.
“At the beginning of this month, the country’s youth were given an app innovation challenge. Our youth wholeheartedly participated in the Atmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge. Around 7,000 entries were received which included almost two-third apps made by youth from tier 2 and 3 cities,” Modi had said, praising innovations made by the Indian youth.
“The next Google, Facebook & Twitter are coming from India. Our ultimate aim is to replace these sites by Indian versions,” an official said, elaborating the PM’s statement that the innovations done by the Indian youth will be acknowledged by the world in future.