New Delhi: Google India and the ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) announced a set of digital initiatives on Thursday aimed at empowering Indians, in keeping with prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of creating a ‘New India’.
The announcements were made by Aruna Sundarajan, Meity secretary, and Rajan Anandan, vice president SouthEast Asia and India, Google.
Google India and Meity will support the launch of a ‘Digital Payments Security Alliance’ in collaboration with the Data Security Council of India (DSCI).
The Alliance will enable key initiatives to make security a foundation for the government’s digital and financial inclusion programmes.
The internet company will also extend its Digital Unlocked program (that was started earlier this year to impart training to SMBs), to train over 100,000 artisans per year across India.
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The aim is to enable local artisans to tap into newer markets through improved visibility and discoverability of their products through the internet.
The training will be delivered by the National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology, who will be equipped with training modules and content provided by Google. Additionally, the company will also provide mobile training labs to reach artisan clusters across India.
Other initiatives that Google India and Meity will undertake in India include proliferating the Indic web, enhancing the government’s online presence especially on mobile platforms to enable citizen engagement and training and capacity building programs on digital tools.
Commenting on the announcements, Google’s Anandan said “We are delighted to support honourable PM Modi’s vision of creating a ‘New India’ where technology unleashes a wave of new opportunities. We are committed to and look forward to working with Meity across these broad range of initiatives and help every Indian to leverage the power of the Internet."