Punjab government inks pact with Microsoft to enhance citizen services

The government of Punjab will deploy Microsoft cloud infrastructure to beef up citizen services.

MICROSOFT Jun 02nd 2016

In an effort to augment the quality of citizen services in the state, the Government of Punjab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft India to use cloud computing infrastructure for better facilities in education, agriculture and healthcare for citizens.

The State government has been using an advanced IT infrastructure to provide citizen services since 2013. The Government now plans to extend the network across the state using cloud computing infrastructure. The MoU with Microsoft will help the Government access the Microsoft’s technology and  expertise for improvement of digital services to citizens and drive digital inclusion in the state.

Shri Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Punjab, said, “We are committed to harnessing the power of technology to deliver better citizen services and drive digital inclusion in the state. We believe technology will empower our citizens and help them thrive in today’s digital world. We welcome Microsoft’s partnership and value their expertise in creating a citizen centric IT infrastructure in the State.”

Microsoft India will work with the Government of Punjab to support the development of mobile-based solutions and also support the use of machine learning and advanced visualization to help solve challenges in the fields of education, agriculture and healthcare. Microsoft will also train manpower in advanced IT technology in the state.

Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India(R&D), said, “We are happy to bring the power of Microsoft cloud technologies, machine learning and data analytics to the state of Punjab. We are happy to support the government of Punjab in its effort to enhance citizen services and drive digital inclusion.”