The Union government has launched an instant messaging platform called 'Sandes', Rajeev Chandrasekhar who is the Minister of State for Electronics and IT said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The National Informatics Centre and the Information Technology wing of the government has launched the messaging platform which works on the lines of one of the most popular global messaging service WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook.
The instant messaging platform can be used for all kinds of communications with a mobile number or an email id. Currently, the new messaging service is being used internally among government employees and those agencies linked to the government.
The IT Minister while replying to a query in Lok Sabha, on Wednesday said that the National Informatics Centre under MeitY has developed an indigenous solution 'Sandes' for instant messaging communication.
IT Minister Chandrasekhar said, "Sandes is an Open source based, Secure, Cloud enabled platform hosted on Government Infrastructure so that the strategic control remains with GOI." He also says about the messaging platform features like one-to-one and group messaging, file and media sharing, audio-video call and e-gov application integration etc.
He said, “The solution is being used by the government and is available at Google Play Store and App Store,”The new platform is a government's initiative to push for use of India-made apps and software.To which, it develops an ecosystem of natively developed products.
In particular, WhatsApp and the central government are at odds over end-to-end encryption in WhatsApp and the compilation of new IT Rules for the last few months.