PM Modi meets tech giants; Visits FB, Google campus

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California: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California on Sunday.    PTI Photo

California: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook headquarters in California on Sunday. PTI Photo

During his two-day visit at the US tech hub, PM Modi headed to the Google campus in Mountain View after holding a Townhall meet at the Facebook headquarters.

A string of projects have been announced in collaboration with Google. The search giant will collaborate with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services at 500 stations by the next year.

“Indian Railways and Google will collaborate to provide Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations in India,” announced PM Modi while touring the Google campus and speaking to the Google employees, which are mostly Indians.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai promised that the search engine giant will provide high speed internet service at 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by another 400 more by next year.

The India-born CEO also explained navigational, safety and other features of Street View and Google Earth to PM Modi.

At the Google campus, PM Modi was given a tour of some of the latest products that Google is working on and some forward-looking researches. During the Google Earth presentation, the ghats of PM’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown to PM Modi.

A very impressed Modi noted that technology has given a new power to democracy. He urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty. He also appreciated and encouraged Googlers to develop Apps which could benefit the common man.

California: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sundar Pichai CEO Google in Mountain View, California on Sunday.  PTI Photo

California: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Sundar Pichai CEO Google in Mountain View, California on Sunday. PTI Photo

Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi held a Townhall interaction with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park.

Here, in a public interaction, PM Modi said that his government in India had managed to “regain the lost confidence” of investors. He also spoke about his goal to convert India’s economy from 8 trillion USD to 20 trillion USD.

“In the last 15 months, the perception about India has changed. We have regained the lost confidence. This I believe will bring change…It is my dream to convert Indian economy into USD 20 trillion from the present USD 8 trillion,” PM Modi told the audience in the 45-minute session while taking a dig at the previous Congress-led government for going slow on reforms.

PM Modi called India a “heaven” for investors.

“I do not believe that there is dearth of money. Countries have money but do not know where to invest. I am giving them the address. Here is the place (India).”

He again reiterated how his government was working on deregulation and ensuring that the ‘ease of doing business’ was thoroughly followed in India.

He also answered questions on the ‘slow pace’ of reforms and said that it’ll take time for the reform measures to show results, as India is a huge country.

PM Modi also emphasized on the benefits of social media. He explained how social media has been useful to him in connecting with people within the country and abroad.