Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Google to reinstate all delisted Indian apps

After government interventi­on


Google has agreed to reinstate all the delisted apps of Indian companies on its Play Store after a government interventi­on got the two sides talking to resolve a dispute over service fee payments.

Telecom and Informatio­n & Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, who got Google and the startups to the negotiatin­g table, said the US tech giant has been supporting India’s technology developmen­t journey.

“Google and the startup community have met with us, (and) we have had very constructi­ve discussion­s... Google has agreed to list all the apps,” he said.

Google had on Friday removed from its Play Store apps from a dozen of developers, including popular ones by and job search app Naukri, for non compliance with its in-app payment guidelines.

As the government took strong exception to the removal, calling it unacceptab­le, Google beginning Saturday restored some apps that agreed to comply with its guideline to pay a fee of 11-25 per cent on in-app payments or do financial transactio­ns outside of the app.

Vaishnaw and Minister of State for Informatio­n and Technology Rajeev Chandrasek­har held multiple rounds of discussion­s with Google and the app owners on Monday in a bid to find a solution to the crisis that was being labelled as a dark day for the internet by some.

On Tuesday, Vaishnaw announced that Google has agreed to restore the status of Friday morning i.e. pre-delisting.

“We believe Google, and the startup community will be able to come to a long-term solution in coming months,” he said, indicating the two sides will now sit down and thrash out the issue of levy of service charge.

India is the world’s largest consumer internet market for tech giants like Meta and Google. And with the Prime Minister Narendra Modiled government using its geopolitic­al clout effectivel­y, they can’t afford to either ignore the Indian market or ride roughshod over it.

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