After the Govt banned Chinese apps like Tik Tok, Govt of India announced the Chingari app as the best home-grown short-form video secure app, as it bags the first position as the best app in ‘Social Category’, in the Govt of India’s #AatmaNirbharBharatApp challenge. Chingari app has the highest user base of 5.1M+users from Hyderabad.

The Narendra Modi government has selected 24 Indian apps under an innovation challenge it had launched to boost domestic apps, especially in the sectors where several Chinese apps have been banned. SaaS player Zoho, MapmyIndia, video-sharing app Chingari are among the winners in this challenge, which saw 6,940 entries over the past month.

The government had on July 4 launched the Digital India Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge, to identify the “best Indian apps” across several categories such as video-calling, social networking, image scanning, and several others.

In a major achievement for the young Chingari team, the app has won the #AatmaNirbharApp Challenge, the first-of-its-kind contest organized by the Government of India. Chingari was voted as the best app in the social media category and the platform defeated its competitors with a big margin. 

The App Innovation Challenge, held by the Ministry of Information and Technology, Government of India, was aimed at identifying the “best Indian apps that are already being used by citizens and have the potential to scale and become world-class apps”. The mantra of the contest and that of the Chingari team is the same — Make in India for India and the World.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave us the clarion call of AtmaNirbhar Bharat and the Chingari team works on this very line. It is a proud moment for us. We have been voted as the best app in the social media category precisely because the features we provide are tailored for the needs of the young Bharat. We will continue to serve the interests of the Indian consumers through our platform,” said Sumit Ghosh, Co-founder and CEO of Chingari App.

Biswatma Nayak, Co-founder of the Chingari app, said “We were confident of our victory and the initial trends left no doubts as we were leading the other apps in the social media category by a considerable margin. We thank the government and all our users for showering their love on us. This recognition has given a new boost to our team and we will keep working tirelessly to provide our users with a seamless experience.”

As mentioned before, the winning app of each category was chosen by users through votes. The AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge was launched to promote existing homegrown apps and push for more such apps. The app challenge has been organized by MeitY along with MyGov India, Atal Innovation Mission, and Niti Aayog.