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Infrastructure ready, time to go big on digital push: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Speaking at Google for India even, the minister seeks tech giant’s support for the government’s Digital Village initiative.

July 13, 2020 / 09:18 PM IST

Indians are getting digitally savvy but while they download more apps from the Play Store, they should develop new applications and upload them as well, minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said during “Google For India” virtual event on July 13.

Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Prasad said that the government had set a target of converting one lakh villages into digital villages this financial year and sought Google’s support for the initiative.

“I will appreciate if Google can pick up a good cluster of villages and develop them as model digital villages, models for empowerment, skilling, healthcare, telemedicine, distant education ... from agriculture to rural empowerment,” he said.

Prasad was speaking at the event also addressed by Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who announced a $10-billion Google For India Digitisation Fund.