Chandigarh, August 22—Operation Digitize Haryana has got a Google push. The drive launched by the Haryana Government to digitize all operations got a dose of adrenalin on Friday when the Department of Information Technology, Haryana Government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Google to promote digital literacy in the state and further develop the various initiatives taken in this direction.
Under the MoU, signed in California in the presence of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, who is leading a high-level delegation to US and Canada to bring investment to India, Google will undertake a digital literacy drive covering internet safety in government schools throughout the state, and also do a similar exercise for government officials. Captain Abhimanyu, Industry Minister, is also part of the delegation.
Google will also lend its shoulders to the wheel being pushed by various departments of the Haryana Government to optimize their sites for mobile platforms, and host workshops on the mobile web for webmasters and officials of the state.
Hailing the agreement as a milestone on the road to digitalization, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, said, “It will not only give a decisive push to our drive to digitize Haryana but also help pace up work. The MOU takes us closer to realizing our objective of spreading digital literacy and awareness among the people of the state. I am confident that citizens of Haryana are now close to an exciting and empowering digital dawn.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Chetan Krishnaswamy, Country Head Policy, Google India, said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with the Government of Haryana in furthering its objective of digitizing Haryana through state-wide digital literacy campaigns and helping the different departments in optimizing their web assets for mobile platforms. We hope that the joint initiatives will bear rich dividends for the state and its citizens as they embrace the Internet and help the government achieve its vision."
The Haryana Government has launched an ambitious plan to develop the state into a digital hub under the Digitise India plan of the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi. Google, which already has a large presence at Gurgaon in Haryana, will continue to consult the state government on exploring further opportunities.