One can use all types of communication on this platform with a mobile number or e-mail id. Central Government’s own app to maintain the popularity of WhatsApp. Its name is ‘Sandes‘. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, replied to the Lok Sabha that there is a launch of an instant messaging platform. The new platform is an Indian alternative to WhatsApp. The National Informatics Center, the government’s information technology arm, has developed a platform modelled on WhatsApp.
Using a mobile number and email id, one can use this platform for all types of communication. Currently, government employees and government-affiliated agencies use Sandes internally.
Sandes is a secure and cloud-enabled platform hosted by open-source through government infrastructure and strategic control will remain with the government. It enables one-on-one, group messaging, file, media sharing, audio-video calling, and eGo application integration. A centralized system of locally developed digital products uses government officials currently. For the past several months, WhatsApp and the government have been at loggerheads over end-to-end encryption and new IT rules.