Bill Gates lauds e governance initiatives of India

Bill Gates, co-founder of American technology giant Microsoft is keen to partner with the Indian government for technology driven social projects such as e-health, e-agriculture and e-payment.

Gates met Minister of Information Technology, Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi where he displayed interest in partnering with start-ups that can furnish these services at the base level.

“Its very exciting time in India and some of these digital platform possibilities are quite amazing. The government has invested in manpower, it has invested in payment banks, and the payment infrastructure. So now is the case for structuring the applications on top of those, we need to work on the health issue, agriculture applications, etc,” said Gates after his meeting with Prasad.

The meeting was attended by senior officers of the IT ministry as well as members of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates has also exhibited interest in getting into the payments bank application in India as he ought to be effective in the digital payments system for economically weaker sections.

He hailed government’s move to conclude high-value denomination notes, saying it will help to move from shadow to a more transparent economy.

Microsoft will also work with the Indian government on cyber security.

“We had a very productive meeting, Bill Gates is a true friend of India. He is working immensely in India through his Bill and Melinda foundation.It was thrilling to hear his deep interest for digital payments in India and also digital health. I revealed to him the entire nature of aadhar-enabled payments on other platforms and also digital health.And also gave him the sign of entire Digital India program,” the minister said.

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