Indian Government Bans over 200 Betting And Loan Apps

As part of another app ban, the Indian government has banned or restricted over 200 betting and loan apps, which are considered to have ‘Chinese links’ to protect user privacy and security. Here are the details to find out. In an order published on 5th February, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) of India passed the law and ordered the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to ban more than 232 apps associated with or linked to China. It includes 138 betting apps and 94 online lending apps. 

Indian Government Bans New Set of Apps

The Twitter account of Prasar Bharti News Services and Digital Platform said that the action was taken on an ‘urgent and emergency basis’ as directed by the Home Ministry’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). This happened under Section 69 of the IT Act, which seeks to safeguard the country’s integrity and privacy.

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A report by ANI indicates that the move is based on many objections filed by users who have been victimized by the people behind various mobile transaction apps for non-payment of loans. The apps are said to attract people to take loans but charge colossal interest, often failing to repay. It has also prompted people to commit suicide, following which the MHA even conducted an inquiry into 28 loan apps six months ago. It was found that 94 loan apps are working via third-party links. 

The decision was taken to ban betting and loan apps in India just after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released some new guidelines for digital lending companies. These policies limit lending companies from extending users’ credit limits without their permission and instruct lending apps to obtain permission before obtaining any data, among other things.

Many people in debt have committed suicide when the people working for the apps were emotionally harassed. The matter came to light after several cases of suicides by borrowers of these apps were seen in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

On the other hand, Chinese apps can abuse server-side security by operating them as spying tools because they have access to the sensitive data of many Indians. Access to such information can be used for large-scale espionage, which is why all such apps are considered a threat to the country.

Around six months ago, the MHA started investigating 28 loan apps or Chinese lending apps. It has been revealed that 94 such apps are available in e-stores and are managed through third-party links. But there is no word on the names of the banned apps. Neither the MeitY nor the Home Ministry has commented on the matter.

For those who don’t know, this is not the first time India has banned apps associated with China. In June 2020, the government started banning apps such as TikTok.It eventually banned over 100 apps like WeChat, PUBG Mobile and more, with the list continuing to grow over the same year. Even last year, more than 50 apps like Beauty Camera, Garena Free Fire, Viva Video Editor, App Lock and more were banned.

India Crackdown on China-Linked Apps

Shortly after, the Indian government ordered search giant Google to stop displaying advertisements by foreign online betting companies. The app ban saga began in 2020 after the Center banned the first 59 apps in June of that year. Big names were affected by the melee, including the small video platform TikTok, file sharing app ShareIt and UC Browser, among other popular apps. Among them, a series of bans were imposed, affecting as many as 320 Chinese apps. Counting the present 232 apps, the total number now stands at 552.


Here’s The Full List Of China-Linked Betting Apps That The Government has banned:

  1. Sports Betting Game – BETUP 
  2. 3patti Guide 
  3. Lagai Khai Pro – Betting Game 
  4. Sports Betting™ the Sportsbook 
  5. WagerLab Bet on Sports & Props 
  6. Live Bet Zlive 
  7. BetNetix: Football Betting 
  8. Bet On Sports 
  9. SuperDraft Sportsbook – Prizes 
  10. Lucky slots -casino VIP 
  11. Betway – Live Sports Betting 
  12. 1xBet: sports betting 
  13. Parimatch: Live Sports Betting 
  14. 22Bet: Live Sports Betting 
  15. Cricket: Sports Betting 
  16. BetWiser – Best Betting Odd 
  17. Bet On Sports 
  18. 20Bet 
  19. Lagai Khai Pro 
  20. BETUP – Sports Betting Game 
  21. BetQL – Sports Betting Data 
  22. Scores And Odds Sports Betting 
  23. VegasInsider Sports Betting 
  24. BettingPros: Sports Betting 
  25. Best Bet Casino™ Slot Games 
  26. Win2Win 
  27. TipsterMan – Betting Tips 
  28. Papel Betting Tips 
  29. Betting United: Betting Tips 
  30. Football Betting Tips & Odds 
  31. Sports Betting Picks & Tip App 
  32. Onside Sports: Scores, Live Od 
  33. London Betting Tips 
  34. Bet Analytix 
  35. betM – Sports Betting Tool 
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  37. SI – Betting tips 
  38. Betting Tips 
  39. BetMines Betting Predictions 
  40. Betstamp – Sports Betting Hub 
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  43. Play To Win: Win Real Money 
  44. Sports Betting for Real 
  45. Pikkit: Sports Bet Tracker 
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  47. Bingo Crown – Fun Bingo Games 
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  49. Spin for Cash!-Real Money Slot 
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  54. Enchanted Island 
  55. Big Winner – Lucky Wheel 
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  57. Anubis Treasure 
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  59. Divine Fortune 2 
  60. Happy 3Patti 
  61. DoubleU Casino™ – Vegas Slots 
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  65. Teen Patti Dhamal 
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  67. Satta King: Satta Matka Result 
  68. Games 
  69. CRICKET ΒΕΤЅ | All Cricket Βеt 
  70. Roulette Online 
  71. Bet Winner-Popular online game 
  72. Teen Patti Lucky Gold 
  73. Avia Pilot 
  74. Record Trade 
  75. Teen Patti Romio 
  76. Rich Club 
  77. Ludo Vungo 
  78. Teen Patti Kash 
  79. Lucky Star Slots-Vegas Casino 
  80. Teen Patti Bhoomi: Patti Poker 
  81. Teen Patti Guide 
  82. DAFABET – 2022 
  83. Bet O Bet-Live Sports Betting 
  84. Megapari 
  85. Spin casino: Slot machines 
  86. Live Baccarat 
  87. Betfair Live Line 
  88. BetVictor Bet 
  89. Blackjack Live 
  90. ladbrokes odds&tips 
  91. Rummy 
  92. Zodiac Casino 
  93. Grand Mondial Casino 
  94. Videoslots Fun 
  95. RABONA 
  96. Royal Panda 
  97. Casumo Casino 
  98. Casumo Online Games: Extended 
  99. Casumo Slots 
  100. Vegas Royal 
  101. betM – Sports Betting Tool 
  102. MostBet 
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  105. INDIBET 
  106. Lottabet 
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  108. MELBET 
  109. Slots Machines – Vegas Casino 
  110. Betvisa 
  111. AndarBahar Poker 
  112. Babu88 
  113. 888STRAZ 
  114. Trueflip 
  115. Betindi 
  116. Betobet 
  117. Betkwiff 
  118. Bambet 
  119. Shangrila 
  120. Come On 
  121. Bons 
  122. william Hill App 
  123. NEO.Bet App 
  124. PariPesa App 
  125. Match Book App 
  126. 4rabet App 
  127. Tivit Bet App 
  128. Fun88 
  129. Royal Vegas 
  130. Europa Casino 
  131. Spin Casino 
  132. Genesis Casino 
  133. Jackpot City Casino 
  134. OPPA 888 
  135. Grand Mondial 
  136. Zodiac Casino 
  137. Rummy 
  138. Live Blackjack (Blackjack 21: Live Casino game)

Final thoughts:

The Central Bank of India has tightened digital transaction regulations while it has found some apps bear rules and harassment. India is also catching up with Chinese companies in other areas. It is considering restricting Chinese smartphone makers from selling devices for less than 12,000 rupees ($150) to kickstart its declining domestic industry, hitting brands including Xiaomi Corp.

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