So far, the government has blocked 320 mobile apps.

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

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash also said that these mobile applications were not blocked in the interest of sovereignty, integrity, defence and security of the state.

On February 2nd, 2017, the government re-blocked 49 apps after they were found to have been re-launched after rebranding of earlier blocked apps. This was in line with the objective to ensure a safe, trustworthy and accountable internet for all its users.

Minister of Home Affairs Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government of the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ministry of Home Affairs have received industrial investment proposals worth about Rs 50,000 crore.

He said currently, 146 central approvals across 21 ministries/departments are enabled to be applied through the National Single Window System (NSWS) portal.

He said that the 14 states/UTs linked with the NSWS portal have been found to provide access to approvals of these states/UTs through a single login ID. All ministries and departments of the central government and state concerned have been requested to integrate their approval processes with the NSWS.

Parkash said that the KYA module has details of over 3,400 approvals across 32 ministries/departments and 16 states/UTs.