Startup founders assured by government for support on Google’s new Play Store policy

Indian startup founders met with Union IT and Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar to discuss Google’s new Play Store policies. The government has assured them support to ensure Indian startups are not impacted.

During the conference, founders mentioned, “the government have given them assurance that they will do everything that they can and they will make sure that Indian startups are not impacted by Google’s policies”. Google recently delisted about a dozen apps by major Indian companies like Matrimony and Shaadi.com from the Play Store.

This move followed Google’s announcement to take action against developers who did not comply with its payment policy. The founders reported a significant drop in their business, around 40% on the second day after their apps were delisted, with no new customers and revenue coming in.

Minister Chandrasekhar addressed the issue on Twitter, stating, “Assured them that @GoI_MeitY will take it up with Google for a sustainable and long-term solution”. He highlighted the growth of India’s startup ecosystem, with over 1 lakh startups and 113 unicorns currently, anticipating 10 lakh startups and 10,000 unicorns in the next decade.

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