Google to pump in Rs75Ok cr for Digital India initiative

Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 13

US-based Google plans to step into the vacuum created by the banning of 59 Chinese apps and to assist speed up adoption of digital applied sciences in India with an funding of Rs 75,000 crore (about $10 billion) over the following 5 to seven years, firm CEO Sundar Pichai introduced after a dialog with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

When we construct for India, we construct for the world… Saare jahan se achcha, Hindustan hamara.

Focus areas

  • Enabling reasonably priced entry and data in native languages
  • Building new services related to India’s wants
  • Empowering companies in digital transformation
  • Leveraging know-how for well being, training and agriculture

“When we build for India, we build for the world,” he mentioned, indicating that India can be crucial test-bed for Google because it popularises a wider bouquet of apps, moreover the present ones like YouTube, Google Maps and Instagram, all with an enormous following in India.

Gpay, Bolo highlighted

Pichai particularly spoke about GPay, which makes it straightforward to pay even to a rickshaw-puller, and AI-powered Bolo, now referred to as Read Along, which is one other instance of a know-how constructed particularly for Indian customers

“We’ll do this through a mix of equity investments, partnerships, infrastructure and ecosystem investments. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy,” mentioned Pichai in a press release.

“As we make these investments, we look forward to working alongside Prime Minister Modi and the Indian Government, as well as Indian businesses of all sizes to realise our shared vision for a Digital India,” he added.

Earlier, the PM interacted with Pichai on the problems that led to the banning of Chinese apps, together with knowledge safety and issues round privateness. He needed tech corporations to place in efforts to bridge the belief deficit in addition to to counter cyber crimes and threats within the type of cyber assaults, mentioned an official assertion.

The PM was appreciative of Google initiatives in India in synthetic intelligence, together with flood forecasting. He needed Google to enlarge the scope of on-line training, entry to know-how in native languages and progress within the space of digital funds.

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