India bans Chinese phones under Rs 12,000? A senior government official responds

A new report suggests that the Indian government has no such plan to ban Chinese phones below 12,000 rupees. At least for now.

STRONG POINTS

  • A previous report said the Indian government planned to ban Chinese phones under Rs 12,000.
  • A new report suggests the government has no such plan.
  • The government recently blocked BGMI in India.

At the start of the week, a Bloomberg report said that the Indian government is considering banning Chinese phones under Rs 12,000 in the country. A new report from Living mint suggests that the government has no such plan. At least for now.

The report suggests that senior government officials said the center has no such plan to prevent Chinese companies from entering the entry-level smartphone market. “No such proposal is under consideration at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,” he added. Living mint report quotes an official close to the developments in the government.

The initial report said the Indian government planned to ban Chinese companies from selling phones below 12,000 rupees to promote local brands. So the idea was basically to push local businesses like Lava, Micromax, among others. Notably, Chinese smartphone makers currently dominate the budget smartphone segment or the sub-Rs 15,000 price segment with a share garnered by Samsung and a few other non-Chinese companies.

Well, the fight between India and China has been going on for a while now. Some Chinese smartphone companies have recently come under intense scrutiny. In recent months, Chinese companies such as Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo have been indicted by the ED for alleged tax evasion.

The Indian government has had its eyes on Chinese apps for a while now. The government recently ordered Google and Apple to remove the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) app or the India version of PUBG Mobile from the Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. The app is no longer available for download in India.

So far, neither the government nor the game developer has revealed the reason behind the blocking of mobile gaming in the country. This comes after the Indian government banned hundreds of Chinese apps in 2020, including TikTok, PUBG Mobile, etc.

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