The Assam government signed a MoU with Google India Pvt. Ltd. to take Internet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000 villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam under the MoU and thus increase digital literacy. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and BengaliAlso Read - Over 600 illegal loan lending apps available on different App stores in India: RBI report
Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan Krishnaswamy signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Sonowal. Also Read - Google Pixel 6a key specifications appear online, tipped to get custom Tensor chipset
“Technology rules the roost in the 21st century and the state government has upped the ante to use technology to carry forward the fruits of development to the remotest parts of Assam,” the Chief Minister said. He said the ties with Google was a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South-East Asian countries. ALSO READ: Internet overuse is making people vulnerable to neuropsychiatric dysfunctions
Sonowal said his government in sync with the Centre was working for the success of Start-up initiative but the success of such programmes sans technology would be a distant dream. “The MoU will be used as a launchpad to achieve the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development, and universal education,” he said. ALSO READ: Google My Business launched to help Indian SMBs manage business online
The Chief Minister asked the Information Technology Department to take steps to make technology acceptable and favourable among the rural populace so as to catalyse rural development.