Days after Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi’s requested Indians to nurture and download Indian apps in the last episode of Mann Ki Baat, the Government of India on Wednesday banned PUBG and 117 other Chinese apps in India.
The move was in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security, the government said in a statement.
The ban will hit 33 million active PUBG users in India, according to reports.
As per the statement of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the mobile game has been banned under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, on grounds that “they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the statement said adding that the “move, it said, would safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. “
As the ban was announced PUBG players in India were dumbstruck and took on Twitter to share the hard feelings.
The ministry said that it had received complaints about these apps from various sources. However, it is probably an understandable fact that the ban is the result of an ongoing tiff between India and China.