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(This story originally appeared in on Sep 02, 2020)

New Delhi: Several indigenous apps have raced to the top 10 on Google Play Store in their respective categories after PM Narendra Modi mentioned innovative apps on Mann Ki Baat last Sunday. In ‘social’ category, the indigenous apps trending in the top 10 are – Josh, Snapchat, Sharechat, Moj, Roposo and Chingari.

In ‘education’, apps like Ap Sarkar Seva, Drishti, Saraldata, Voot kids, PunjabEducare, Doubtnut, Kutuki Kids are new favourites, whereas in ‘health & fitness’ Aarogya Setu 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 firms 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.

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