Instant Messaging Platform : Sandes

Instant Messaging Platform – Sandes

The National Informatics Center (NIC) has launched an app called Sandes. This instant messaging platform is similar to WhatsApp. It can be used for any type of communication. A mobile number or email ID is required to be registered with this app.


The interface of this application is similar to other applications. There is no option to transfer chat history between two platforms in this app.

However, chat can be done with the help of email on the Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS) or message app. The app requires a valid mobile number or email ID to register the user.

Key Points:

  • The need to launch this application was felt to ensure a secure communication between employees, as the “work from home” culture has gained momentum in the backdrop of nationwide lockdown.
  • NIC released the first version of the app in August 2020.
  • This app can be used for inter-organizational communication by central and state government officials.
  • This app was initially launched for Android users and mainly government officials.
  • Later, the service was extended to iOS users as well and is now available to the general public as well.
  • This app is a part of the government’s strategy of advancing the use of software manufactured in India.


In the year 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued advisory for government employees not to use platforms like Zoom for official communication due to security concerns.

Earlier, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) also issued an advisory regarding security and privacy concerns against Zoom.

Source – PIB

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