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Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Prakash Javadekar launching the Indian Language Internet Alliance, at a function, in New Delhi on November 03, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Minister Launches Indian Language Internet Alliance by Google, Internet Industry

Minister for Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has launched the Indian Language Internet Alliance (ILIA), an initiative by Google and other Internet industry partners, in New Delhi on Monday, underscoring the potential of blending the technology with improvement of skill sets.

Indian Language Internet Alliance(ILIA), a consortium of 18 Internet industry partners along with Google, was committed to promote the growth of Indic-language content online and gradually aims at enabling 300 million Indian language speakers to become highly prolific in internet usage by 2017.

The Indian mindset with its ingrained adaptive skills ensured the prolific use of Internet and software technology in different sectors and the widespread use of internet and mobile phone was a good instance of it, said the minister.

The minister said the rise of internet was not a threat to traditional media platforms as all sectors of media had been growing rapidly and simultaneously along with the Internet boom. Javadekar also extended Indian Language Internet Alliance(ILIA) the support of the government with key policy initiatives for a faster growth of Internet and mobile based services.

As the first initiative of the Indian Language Internet Alliance, the Minister launched the website www.hindiweb.com, which would be a platform for Hindi speaking internet users to discover Hindi content across websites, apps, videos and blogs.

The new initiative will also expedite good quality online-content generation in Indian languages and that it would provide an inclusive platform for non-English speaking users to break language-barriers and access online information easily, the minister said.

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