Microsoft CEO Nadella meet PM Modi, pledges support to Digital India initiative

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

New Delhi, Dec 27: India-born Microsoft’s chief Satya Nadella met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, and pledged support to Digital India initiative.

Nadela also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed modernisation and security of the government’s digital infrastructure along with other issues.

Nadella after meeting Jaitley told reporters: “It was a courtesy visit. Microsoft is the company that is a multinational but is operating in India for India and Indian businesses… In every meeting of course both ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ are top of mind and for us, top of mind in terms of our contribution to India.”

This was his second visit to India since taking over as global CEO of USD 86-billion technology giant Microsoft.

Nadella reportedly informed Jaitley that Microsoft was keen on “investing more” in India.

Communication and IT Ministry in a statement said: “The Minister (Prasad) shared with Mr Nadella the initiative of Digital India taken by this government headed by the Prime Minister. He told the Microsoft CEO that Digital India is designed to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots.”

The statement said: “The Minister further urged Microsoft to work towards digital literacy in India… The Minister also informed about the incentives for promoting electronic manufacturing in India as a part of Make in India.”

Microsoft is reportedly keen on collaborating with the government in providing last mile Internet connectivity, especially through the Wi-Fi technology.

Nadella also shared his ideas on modernisation of government with Prasad stating that Microsoft can help in building secure government controlled digital infrastructure.

Prasad reportedly told Nadea that Digital India is designed to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots.

“The government is committed to roll out the National Fiber Optical Network (NOFN) and digitally connect all the 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats of India. The government is pushing for setting up Wifi networks at public places, universities and tourist places,” shared Prasad.

The Minister also shared with him India’s potential in the field of e-Commerce and how connectivity can play a role in harnessing this potential.

The Microsoft CEO expressed the commitment of his company towards empowering people, stating that Microsoft wants to transform in accordance with aspirations of people of India.

(With Agency Inputs)


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