Customised Android Phones Were Given to Top Government Officials

In order to have a better and secured communication between the top level officials in Government, the Home Ministry had issued standard Android phones to them. It stated that these phones were distributed to the officials after customising. According to the statement released by Home Ministry these phones belongs to Google Pixel model. Certain technical tweaks were applied to these phones in order to secure the lines of communication and to prevent the leakage of confidential information.

These phones were issued under the pilot project by Electronics and Information Technology ministry (MeITY). The rationale behind allowing public companies to design the mobiles is that they are well capable of addressing issues related to security. On of the spokesperson of MeITY stated that “Public companies were allowed in this project because they provide secured, encrypted, and appropriately certified mobiles which can address the security related matters.”

Jio, which revolutionised the Telecom Industry lately was also given a chance to participate in this project. Jio 4G sims were used in these handsets as they had best 4G reception at present. These phones were said to consist of already stored phone directory, where the phone numbers belonging to various personnel above the rank of Joint secretary are present. Nearly 80 phones were given to top bureaucrats in the first phase. The public enterprises which took part in the modification process was Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).