Punjab Joins Hands with Microsoft to Achieve Digital Inclusion
In an effort to augment the quality of citizen services in the state, the Government of Punjab signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India on Wednesday to use cloud computing infrastructure for better facilities in education, agriculture and healthcare for citizens.
Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary Punjab on behalf of Punjab Government and Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D), signed the MoU in the presence of Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal.
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According to a State Government communiqué, Punjab has been using an advanced IT infrastructure to provide citizen services since 2013. The Government now plans to extend the network across the State using cloud-computing infrastructure.
The Government says the MoU with Microsoft will help the Government access the best of Microsoft’s technology and expertise for improvement of digital services to citizens and drive digital inclusion in the state.
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“We strongly believe technology can empower citizens and support them thrive in today’s digital world,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Microsoft India will work with the Government of Punjab to support the development of mobile-based solutions and also support the use of machine learning and advanced visualization to help solve challenges in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare. Microsoft will also train manpower in advanced IT technology in the State.
In the picture above: Sarvesh Kaushal, Chief Secretary, Punjab on behalf of Punjab Government signs MoU with Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd, in the presence of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy CM, Punjab.