Maharashtra Govt Teams Up with Google to Harness AI for Development

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GG News Bureau
Mumbai, 9th Feb. 
The Maharashtra government has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with tech titan Google to deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions across various sectors including agriculture, healthcare, and education.

The MoU signing took place at Google’s office in Mumbai on Thursday, attended by Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Sanjay Gupta, Country Head and Vice President of Google India, and State Chief Secretary Nitin Kareer.

Fadnavis underscored the importance of leveraging technology for positive governance and impactful service delivery during the signing ceremony. Highlighting the potential of AI to transform lives, he emphasized the need for collaboration between the government and tech industry leaders like Google.

The partnership aims to address critical challenges across seven key areas, with a focus on enhancing agricultural sustainability, fostering entrepreneurship, and improving healthcare accessibility.

With agriculture being a top priority, the collaboration seeks to tackle issues of climate change-induced uncertainties and distress in the farming community. Through innovative platforms and applications developed by Google, the aim is to introduce greater predictability and sustainability in agriculture, ultimately alleviating the plight of farmers.

Moreover, the partnership is set to propel Pune’s startup ecosystem onto the global stage, particularly in the realm of agricultural technology. By harnessing AI, the government envisions extending quality healthcare services to the farthest corners of society, bridging the gap between urban and rural healthcare infrastructure.

Fadnavis also commended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary initiatives in leveraging technology for inclusive growth, citing the significant strides made in poverty alleviation.

The collaboration with Google is expected to unlock new possibilities in areas such as land record management, disease detection, urban resilience, and AI education, paving the way for a brighter and more inclusive future for Maharashtra.

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