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Communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (File photo)

Minister of Communications and Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said he was happy to see Google invest a fairly substantial amount in India’s digital transformation.

“There is immense scope for Google to deploy artificial intelligence and undertake new initiatives in the field of agriculture, weather prediction, healthcare in the wake of Covid-19 challenges and most importantly in digital education,” Prasad, who is also the Minister of Law & Justice, said while addressing the Google for India event.

“India’s app economy is growing very powerfully, but we must not just download apps. It is important also to upload apps from India. I am sure with this new fund, Google will also focus on promoting our startups further,” he said.

Google Pay Nearby Stores Spot, which was introduced in March, helps in offline merchant discovery and has been used by over two million users. The company has added a Job Spot on Google Pay, which allows for remote work listings and job interviews, said Caesar Sengupta, general manager & vice-president of Payments and Next Billion Users, Google. “We are investing in helping Indian businesses go digital and helping Indian workers learn, grow and find better jobs,” he said.

Google announced a new edutainment series on Doordarshan, in collaboration with Prasar Bharati on how small and medium businesses can adopt digital tools to adapt to the current situation.”

“I welcome Google’s commitment to invest in India over the next 5 years and we look forward to Google’s work in transforming India into a global knowledge superpower, with a focus on science and research,” Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal said.

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