Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad are all set to welcome the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg to India tomorrow for his first visit. They are likely to discuss a few topics with him which can be promoted through Facebook platform. They will mainly discuss to promote awareness on issues like education and empowerment of the girl child, female foeticide and ‘Clean Ganga’ campaign. It may also include the promotion of Hindi on its social networking site.
Government is reportedly interested in Facebook to take up a few major social issues like empowering the girl child through education and involve in aggressively campaigning against female foeticide. Apart from these, Mark Zuckerberg is really interested in the promotion of e-commerce and e-health in India. The discussion will also cover the ambitious ‘Clean Ganga’ project. It will be a win-win situation for both the parties as Zuckerberg is looking at deeper engagement with the government in expanding Internet penetration to villages and promoting creation of regional content.
He announced that Facebook is creating a USD 1 million fund to help developers develop apps for farmers, migrants and women. This will be a contest to drive new apps and services in local languages. “Since 2007, Facebook has been working on new apps and services in local languages. About 65 per cent use Facebook in a language other than English, including 10 Indian languages,” he said.
Zuckerberg is the third high profile CEO of a US-based firm, after Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, to visit India in last few days.