Dispur, September 07: In a bid to take internet connectivity to the remotest part of the State, Government of Assam signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google India Pvt Limited at a function held at the conference hall of Janata Bhavan in the city this evening. Secretary (Information Technology Department) Ninit Khare and Chtean Krishnaswami, Country Head (Policy) of Google India signed the MoU on behalf of Government of Assam and Google respectively in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Sonowal said that the MoU signed with Google would be latest addition to the arsenal of the State Government to make technology-driven development a reality in the State. He also said that Assam Government, in sync with the Centre, is working rigorously to make the ground fertile for the success of “Start up, Stand up” programmes. However, the success of these programmes sans technology would remain a distant dream, Sonowal added.
Sonowal also said that the MoU would be used as a launch pad to materialise the state government’s vision of women empowerment, skill development and universal education, as his government would vow to make a skilled Assam where women have a considerable role to play in state’s development. He also said that through the MoU with Google, the state government would work to provide internet connection to 26000 villages and 1500 tea garden areas and increase digital literacy. He also attributed the ties with Google as a way forward to strongly pitch Guwahati as a natural gateway to the South East Asian Countries.
The CM also asked Information Technology Department to make technology acceptable and favourable to rural populace so that it (technology) turns out to be catalyst in rural development. Chtean Krishnaswami, Country Head (Policy) of Google India, also shared his thoughts on the occasion. Information Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta, Chief Minister’s Media and Legal Advisors Hrishikesh Goswami and Santanu Bharali, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary to IT Ravi Capoor, MD AMTRON MK Yadav and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.