As per reports from several media outlets, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued orders to block over 230 applications/ platforms, after receiving instructions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The list of banned apps reportedly include around 138 offshore betting and gambling platforms and approximately 94 apps that provide unauthorised loan services. While several anonymous sources have informally revealed the reasoning behind banning these apps, MeitY has not yet furnished an official reasoning and justification for the action taken. On February 05, this information was shared by the state-owned public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/statement-on-blocking-of-apps-by-meity/