A high level meeting was organised in the national capital to understand on how to achieve a US $1 trillion digital economy within four years by creating affordable technology and an inclusive environment. Besides the Union Minister of Law and Justice of India, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and Union Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Justice, Shri P P Choudhary, the meeting on building India’s digital economy saw the presence of Indian technology giants and leaders.
There were industry experts like R Chandrashekhar President – Nasscom; Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director – Google India; Rishad Premji, Chief Strategy Officer – Wipro; C P Gurnani, MD and CEO- Tech Mahindra; A P Hota, Managing Director & CEO of National Payments Corporation of India; Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman & Co-Founder – NIIT Group, Subho Ray, President – Internet and Mobile Association of India and Kavin Bharti Mittal, CEO – Hike Messenger, among others.
The minister spoke on how the government is committed for deform and perform, by using digital delivery and services like the AADHAR and 2.5 lakh Common Services Centres (CSC) spread across the country. Nearly Rs 1200 crore income has been generated by CSCs. “With this we can definitely achieve the said target, where there is a multi-billion dollar opportunity that exists in areas like IT and IT enabled services, e-commerce, electronics manufacturing, digital payments and cyber security.
While giving a brief of the progress that has been made in the Digital India initiative from the period of May 2014 to June 2017, the Minister said that India became the second largest market for smartphones in the world, with smartphone users rising to 40 crores, mobile phone users to 108 crores and Internet users to 50 crores in 2017. India has also emerged as the 3rd largest start-up eco-system with IT/Technology start-ups dominating the start-up scenario in the country. Nearly 400 new start-ups are coming up every year. The e-commerce market has also seen nearly 100% growth with the figure showing 2.11 Lakh Crore customers shopping online in December 2016. The growth in e-governance transactions has also gone up, with the latest figure from April pointing to 3.5 crore. The growth in Digital Payments has been drastic after demonetization, with Mobile wallet, UPI-based payment, Debit Card, IMPS and Aadhaar enabled Payment System being the top digital payment modes….
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Google has announced the launch of a new tool as part of its elections portal offering “google.co.in/elections”, called “Know Your Candidates”. The new tool will allow citizens to get easy access to the relevant information about political candidates contesting from their constituency and their incumbent Member of Parliament. This tool integrates publicly available information sourced from Indian organizations such as the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), PRS Legislative Research and Liberty Institute India.
Commenting on the launch, Rajan Anandan, VP & Managing Director, Google India, said, “In the last five months, we have made a concerted effort to provide our users a one-stop destination for all their information needs for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. With the launch of this tool, we have added all the important information of the contesting candidates with the help of groups such as ADR and PRS Legislative Research who have been doing a stellar job of collating all the important information about the candidates. We hope that making this information easily accessible will help Indian voters learn more about the candidates running for public office and help them to make an informed decision.”
Prof. Trilochan Sastry, a founding member of ADR, applauded this launch saying, “We are delighted to collaborate with Google to launch this tool, which will help our concerted effort to disseminate to the citizens of India the background information of the candidates contesting theLok Sabha 2014 elections that will enable them to make an informed choice during voting. As citizens, we have to play a proactive role in ensuring that we choose politicians who are clean, honest and committed to the progress, security and development of the people of India, and we, at ADR, have been working on deeper reforms including political party reforms and in the last few years have obtained several landmark judgments from the Supreme Court and Central Information Commission.”…..See more
Concluding the fifth edition of the Doodle4Google (D4G) contest, Google India has announced the winner of this year’s Doodle design competition. Chosen amongst twelve finalists, Gayatri Ketharaman was felicitated by Rajan Anandan, Managing Director, Google, India, in New Delhi.
The theme for this year’s competition was Celebrating Indian Women, and Google received over 1.5 lakh entries, from more than 1,500 schools across 100 cities. The final 12 doodles were shortlisted and put up for online voting.
Rajan Anandan, Managing Director Google, India stated, Doodle4Google is the perfect platform for the youth of India to showcase their talent on an international platform. It allows youngsters from not just the metros but from tier-II, -III and even -IV cities to participate, which is evident from the entries seen this year. The response has been overwhelming and the talent which has surfaced through the entries is, indeed, remarkable.
He added, We, at Google, are extremely encouraged by the fact that entries this year have come from across the country which is a clear indication that we are well under way to taking the internet to the next billion.
The winning Doodle titled Sky’s The Limit for Indian Women will go live on the Google (India) homepage on November 14 National Children’s Day. All the finalists will receive a Google……..See More
To find out how the Indian non-profits are using technology to tackle problems in India and across the globe, Google has announced the launch of its Impact Challenge in India. The four submissions judged to be the best will each receive Rs.3 crore and technical assistance from Google to help make their project a reality.
Indian non-profits are invited to apply online by 5th September, 2013 for the Google Challenge. A team from Google will review applications and announce 10 finalists name on 21st October. The public will then be invited to cast a vote for their favourite projects.
Rajan Anandan, VP & MD, Google India, said, “We are thrilled that the Google Impact Challenge is being launched in India. It is a great opportunity for Indian non-profits to scale their efforts to help solve some of our toughest problems. India already has a rich tradition of corporate giving and hopefully the Challenge will galvanize social entrepreneurship in India.”
Ram Shriram, Judge & Board Member, Google, stated, “I have had the privilege of working with budding inventors for many years, and I know India’s entrepreneurs are some of the biggest and boldest thinkers in the world. Today, I am thrilled to be part of a new tech-oriented, venture model that will support our country’s amazing engine of social entrepreneurs, identifying and backing the best technology ideas to improve the lives of millions……See More