State signs MOU with Oracle to develop smart city program

  • Faisal Malik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2016 01:26 IST

In a bid to accelerate the digital progress of the state, the Maharashtra government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oracle Corporation, an American multinational computer technology firm, on Tuesday. The firm will help the state develop the smart city program with the goal of making cities more livable and inclusive.

The corporation — which primarily specialises in developing and marketing database software and technology, cloud engineered systems and enterprise software products — will set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) to modernise the state’s technology.

The MoU was signed between Oracle CEO Safra Catz and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at Oracle Open World Conference held at San Francisco. Fadnavis addressed one of the sessions and invited technocrats present at the conference to partner with the state.

“I am here to find solutions. By 2020, we want to put all government processes on an auto pilot mode for maximum efficiency and complete transparency. Technology is the only solution to this. I want all of you to partner with us to achieve this target,” Fadnavis said.

Fadnavis also said an international panel will be set up to advise the state on technological advancements. He invited Catz to be a member of the panel and she agreed.

The CoE will be set up in Mumbai and will serve as a research platform to design, develop and test new capabilities to deliver better Government to Customer (G2C) and Government to Business (G2B) services. The state and Oracle will invest in IT infrastructure, training and skill resources as well as management of the CoE.

“India’s strength is its youth and its aspirational population. We can’t wait anymore and want to convert our population into human resources,” Fadnavis said.

He said the state is trying to bring all government services to smart phones to deliver them in a timely and cost-efficient manner. He said Maharashtra is going through a massive digital transformation. “We will connect all the villages digitally by December 2018,” he said.

State signs MoU with Volkswagen

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd to provide skill-development training to students at a government-run Industrial Training Institute at Pimpri-Chinchwad. State skill development minister Sambhaji Nilangekar Patil and Dr Andreas Lauermann, chairman and managing director, Volkswagen were present.The firm will spend Rs2 crore in the next five years to train students and supply machineries and equipment to the institute.

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