The government of India starts testing its Instant Messaging App called GIMS. GIMS stands for the Government Instant Messaging System. You can think of GIMS as an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, or Signal. Like WhatsApp, GIMS also provides end-to-end encryption and supports one to one messaging, Group Messaging, and media files sharing.
The web portal for GIMS is live now; however, the backend is accessible only to those who have an NIC account. I mean those who have NIC mail credentials.
Right now, for inter or intra communication, most of the government departments and agencies are dependent on WhatsApp, Telegram, or Signal. Back in November this year, we came to know about Pegasus malware that reportedly breaches around 121 government officials whatsapp account. Those of you who don’t know, Pegasus is a spyware capable of reading text messages, track calls, access passwords once installed on the phone.
So, its a great news, Government of India has made their instant messaging system whose servers are residing in India.
Odisha Finance Department has reportedly started using GIMS on a pilot basis. Also, the Indian Navy is soon going to start using it on a trial basis. If everything goes fine, soon we see GIMS running in every Central and State Government department.