Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Telangana Government to build on its vision of “Digital Telangana”. The aim here is to improve and get more local language content online using Google’s digital publishing tool – Navlekha. The new effort is in continuation of Google collaboration with the Telangana State Government – that has already rolled out a number of initiatives aimed towards bridging the Digital divide, mentoring local startups, and enabling small and medium businesses to gain from the Internet.
Under the memorandum, Google will work with the Telangana State Government to help digitize the government’s content in Telugu to make it easier for the common man to get access to all the information and services on government sites in their local languages. In addition, Google will also collaborate with the government to support its digital literacy vision and aiding in the overall digitization agenda of the state.
For efficient realization of the Telangana State Government’s digitization goals and vision, Google will be involved in providing technical mentorship and advisory support to various government departments for successful implementation of multiple digital projects.
Commenting on the occasion, Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary ITE&C and Industries Department, Government of Telangana said, “Google has been a trusted partner for Telangana who have already set up their office in Hyderabad and are in the process of setting-up their 2nd largest campus in Hyderabad. We have identified that availability of content in native language over the internet is essential for all citizens of Telangana to use internet actively. We look forward to collaborating with Google to meet the vision of the internet for all which is part of Digital Telangana, increasing native language content available over the internet and improve the usability of Google Maps in villages and rural regions as well”.
Google India and South Asia Director, Public Policy, Chetan Krishnaswamy, said, “We look forward to expanding our efforts in collaborating with the Government of Telangana to support it’s ‘Digital Telangana’ vision. Improving access to Government’s vast pool of information online in local languages can significantly contribute to developing an inclusive web experience for all the citizens. We look forward to working with the state government to develop an enabling environment and helping bring benefits of the internet to every citizen.”