A desi alternative of Whatsapp named ‘Sandes’, which means ‘message’, is being tested by govt officials in India, at present.  There is, however, no information regarding the rollout of the app, which provides all the features that any instant messaging app has. The National Informatics Centre, a branch under the Ministry of Electronics and IT is said to be handling the backend of the App, which is available for both iOS and Android platforms.

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