Nadella discusses digital India initiative with Modi

December 26, 2014 11:31 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:39 pm IST - NEW DELHI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in New Delhi on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in New Delhi on Friday.

: Keen to invest more in India, Microsoft’s chief Satya Nadella, on Friday, pledged support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative.

Besides Mr. Modi, Mr. Nadella also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and discussed modernisation and security of the government’s digital infrastructure, among other issues.

“It was a courtesy visit. Microsoft is the company that is a multi-national 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,” Mr. Nadella said after his meeting with Mr. Jaitley.

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

Sources in the Finance Ministry said Mr. Nadella had informed Mr. Jaitley that Microsoft was keen on ‘investing more’ in India.

“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,” Communication and IT Ministry said in a statement.

Mr. Prasad also shared with him India’s potential in the field of e-commerce and how connectivity could play a role in harnessing its potential, he added.

“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,” the statement said.

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

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

Other issues like data security and domestic electronic manufacturing were also discussed.

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