Ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of search giant Google said that the company will play its part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India program.
“There is no more important role for tech companies today than helping to connect the next billion users,” said Pichai, who welcomed Modi to the Silicon Valley in a YouTube video. The Indian prime minister is also expected to deliver a speech to a packed auditorium in San Jose later this week.
“Some of the initiatives we are working on..making our products work on low bandwidth, and even offline. Make the web accessible in indic languages, providing low cost Chromebooks to Indian schools and investing in core infrastructure and affordable smartphones with Android One,” said Pichai.
The Digital India program is an initiative from the Indian government to create digital infrastructure, deliver government services online and improve digital literacy.
On his maiden visit to the Silicon Valley, Modi will meet chieftains of top technology companies and also showcase some of India’s successful startups. Officials have chalked out plans for him to visit the offices of Google, Facebook and Tesla and have dinner with tech honchos in San Francisco.