The Indian government is planning to put curbs on China-based smartphone players from selling less that Rs 12,000 to give a much-needed boost to homegrown brands like Micromax, Lava, Karbonn and others. If the move comes into effect, it is clearly going to impact sales for brands like Xiaomi, Poco, Realme, among others — companies that have been dominating the affordable smartphone segment for the last several years now.
India has already taken a super tough stand against Chinese manufacturers, and recent raids on Chinese smartphone companies like OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi prove this. The Indian government is looking into cases of alleged tax evasion by three Chinese mobile companies — OPPO, Vivo India and Xiaomi. OPPO India, Xiaomi India and Vivo India were served notices by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) for duty evasion, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed the Rajya Sabha last week.
Besides the smartphone companies, the Indian government has its eyes on Chinese apps as well. The government recently ordered Google and Apple to pull down the Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) app or the Indian version of PUBG Mobile from Play store as well as Apple App store. The BGMI mobile game is no longer available for download in India. Neither the government nor the game developer has revealed the reason behind blocking the mobile game in the country. This comes after the Indian government banned hundreds of Chinese apps in 2020, including TikTok, PUBG Mobile, and more.