Punjab Govt To Use Microsoft Cloud To Offer Citizen Services
Punjab government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India to use its cloud computing infrastructure for providing better facilities in education , agriculture and healthcare sectors.
The state government has been using an advanced IT infrastructure to provide citizen services since 2013, an official spokesman told PTI. The government now plans to extend the network across the state using cloud computing infrastructure, he added.
“Today’s 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,” PTI report published in Economic Times quoted the official as saying.
Microsoft India will work with the state government to support the development of mobile-based solutions and 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.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “We believe technology can empower our citizens and help them thrive in today’s digital world. We welcome Microsoft’s partnership and value their expertise in creating a citizen centric IT infrastructure in the state.”
Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd, said, “We are happy to bring the power of Microsoft cloud technologies, machine learning and data analytics to the state of Punjab. We are happy to support the government of Punjab in its effort to enhance citizen services and drive digital inclusion.”
Earlier in 2015, the Maharashtra government had announced to use Microsoft’s Azure public cloud to store citizen data under the digital-locker scheme that will be linked to user’s Aadhaar number. The company also announced availability of Microsoft Azure services via local datacenter regions in India. Microsoft has opened three new regions – Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai.
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