Google has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Telangana government to get more local language content online by using the technology giant's digital publishing tool, Navlekha.
According to Google, Navlekha will help digitise the government’s content in Telugu to make it easier for people to get access to all the information and services on government sites in their local language.
“We have identified that availability of content in native language over the internet is essential for all citizens of Telangana to use internet actively. We look forward to collaborating with Google to meet the vision of the internet for all which is part of Digital Telangana, increasing native language content available over the internet and improve the usability of Google Maps in villages and rural regions as well,” said Jayesh Ranjan, principal secretary, Telangana government.
Google India and South Asia Director, Public Policy, Chetan Krishnaswamy, said, “Improving access to Government’s vast pool of information online in local languages can significantly contribute to developing an inclusive web experience for all the citizens. We look forward to working with the state government to develop an enabling environment and helping bring benefits of the internet to every citizen.”
Navlekha, launched in 2018 at the fourth edition of 'Google for India' event, is currently open for Hindi and Telugu offline publishers. It helps registered Indian language publishers create an online presence by rendering any PDF with Indian language content into editable text. This would overcome issues that usually occur when one tries to copy text in Indian languages from a PDF.
At the launch, a Google spokesperson had said that 90 per cent of 135,000 print publishers in India do not have websites yet, and it aims to bring this number online. With Navlekha, Google says, publishers will receive essential services to build a website for free for three years. They will receive a domain name, AdSense support to monetise their content and also training and support by the tech giant.
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