In a continuing effort to bring digital services to Telangana citizens, Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government to localize official web and governance content.
Under this agreement, Google is working to digitize state government content in Telugu using the digital publishing tool Navalekha. Digitization is expected to help ordinary citizens better access information and services on local websites and government websites.
In addition, Google is collaborating with the state government for its digital literacy vision and assistance in the state’s overall digitization agenda. Prior to this, Google was working with the Telangana government to reduce the digital divide, provide guidance to local startups and enable small and medium businesses to access the Internet.
Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, ITE & C & Industries Department of Government of Telangana, said: “We look forward to collaborating with Google to bring the vision of the Internet to be part of Digital Telangana. ”
Google is involved in providing technical guidance and advisory assistance to various government departments to successfully execute multiple digital projects.
Google India and South Asia Director, Public Policy Chetan Krishnaswamy said, “Improving access to government-wide information in local languages online significantly contributes to the development of comprehensive web experience for all citizens.”
Telangana Strides in Digitalization
As India’s newest state, Telangana has a desire for new innovations and growth through the use of technology. Hyderabad, the state capital, is already home to global majors like Facebook and Google, and the state is now looking to expand its Evergreen base and promote growth through inclusion.
The state government is also looking for blockchain, electric vehicles, drones and more. Telangana Government has launched Blockchain District in Hyderabad, Telangana. In May, the state government announced a draft blockchain policy that would provide regulatory and policy support to Hyderabad-based blockchain startups. “This type of initiative aims to keep all blockchain companies out of Hyderabad strategically positioned globally. as per the policy.
Telangana government has also been pushing for the adoption of electric vehicles for the past two years. In October 2017, the state shared its draft policy, which focuses on assisting manufacturers, supporting customers who want to switch to electric vehicles and create infrastructure.
The government has launched its prototyping center T-Works for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical startups, and individuals. The state government continues to invest heavily in the startup ecosystem, as it provides 22 8.22 Mn (INR 60 Cr) for the hub, 48 48.48 Mn (INR 40 Cr) is spent on building and equipment – both government and partnerships.
The state T-Hub Incubator is also a great story and a great example of efforts to promote a startup ecosystem. As Telangana seeks to boost the startup ecosystem with new-age technologies in disruption, collaboration with a tech giant such as Google is expected to deliver results.