According to reports, american tech giants Google, Microsoft and few homegrown providers like Rediff might soon provide email addresses that are in ‘desi language’ of one choice.
PM Moodi even held a meeting last month, where he asked email service providers to enable users to ‘sign up for addresses in local languages’, starting with Hindi.
According to Rajiv Bansal, joint secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, the initiative would be taken up with ‘The Bharat Net project’ which plans to connect 250,000 Gram Panchayats through high-speed Internet.
Bansal explained that ‘an email address is required to access the most basic Internet services’ but not many people across India can actually type in or read English.
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The ministry thus contacted Google, Microsoft, and Rediff and together they have came up with the idea to come up with a technology that allows for email addresses in scripts such as Devanagari.