The new effort is in continuation of Google collaboration with the Telangana 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.
“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,” Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary ITE&C and Industries Department, Government of Telangana, said.
Under the memorandum, Google will work with the state government to help digitise 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 digitisation agenda of the state.
“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”, Chetan Krishnaswamy, director, Google India and South Asia, public policy, said.
Google will be involved in providing technical mentorship and advisory support to various government departments for the implementation of multiple digital projects.