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Jharkhand Govt., Oracle sign MoU to drive Digital Transformation

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Raghubar DasIn a move towards ensuring better public services through digitisation and make Jharkhand an attractive destination for start-ups, the Government of Jharkhand and Oracle have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU was signed on this Monday in the national capital by Sunil Kr Barnwal, Secretary, IT & e-Governance, of Jharkhand and Shailender Kumar, Regional Managing Director of Oracle India, in the presence of Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Also, present on the occasion was Jharkhand Chief secretary Rajbala Verma.

According to the MoU, signed to increase employment and encourage start up initiative, Oracle will provide its support to Jharkhand through its vast portfolio of technology solutions, including Oracle Cloud — which are already powering a large number of governments globally. These solutions cater to the growing requirements and expectations of citizens,businesses and government departments for smarter, transparent and efficient governance within the state of Jharkhand.

Oracle along with Government of Jharkhand will jointly explore and identify those areas in which Oracle’s latest cloud-based technologies can be used to deliver improved citizen services and to address the state’s citizen and business requirements.

Jharkhand’s administration seeks to use Oracle’s cloud-based solutions to build a platform to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among its youth. Earlier this year, Jharkhand received investment support from the central government for an internal venture capital fund to support start-ups in the state.

As per the MoU, Oracle and the Government of Jharkhand will collaborate to create proof of concepts and help new startups using Oracle Cloud-based platforms to operationalise citizen services and startup centers that would further the vision of the Chief Minister to increase employment and alleviate poverty.

Stating that the GovJharkhandernment of Jharkhand is “steadfast in working toward the benefit of its citizens”, the Chief Minister on the occasion said: “We want to be the top choice with global companies for investments and be India’s start-up hub. Oracle’s rich global experience, technology expertise and strong capabilities make them ideal partners for us.”

On the occasion, Safra Catz, the Chief Executive Officer, Oracle said India’s rapid transformation echoes the generational shift taking place in the technology industry. “Just as cloud is triggering broad innovation within the technology industry, it will also drive changes and increase efficiency within emerging economies like India.”

“Oracle is looking forward to working with Jharkhand’s administration to support entrepreneurship, create opportunity, and improve services for its citizens, as we have done with governments around the world,” Catz added.

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