A total of 6940 apps are registered for AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge that was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 4. The last date of receipt of entries was extended to July 26. Out of the 6940 apps, there are 3939 from individuals and about 3001 from organisations and companies. The last date of the challenges was earlier July 18 and 2,353 entries were received till then.
Amongst those received from individuals, around 1757 applications are ready to use and the remaining 2182 are under development. For the apps submitted by organisations, 1742 apps have already been deployed and the remaining 1259 are under development.
The category wise breakup of the apps submitted include 1142 under Business, 901 under Health & Wellness, 1062 under E-Learning, 1155 under Social Networking, 326 under Games, 662 under Office & Work from Home, 237 under News and 320 under Entertainment. Around 1135 Apps have been submitted under the others category.
Around 271 of these Apps have more than 100,000 downloads with 89 of the apps having million plus downloads. The applicants are from all over the country including remote and small towns.
This initiative is created by MeitY in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission – Niti Aayog to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world class apps in their respective categories. To recognise good apps, there will be “various cash awards and incentives”.
The prize money for apps is between Rs 20 lakh and Rs 2 lakh depending on the category. The app will be evaluated on the basis of: ease of use, robustness, security features and scalability.