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Ola invests Rs 150 crore, signs MoU with Andhra

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Hyderabad: On Wednesday, India’s leading mobile app for personal transportation, Ola signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh government, committing a Rs 150 crore investment over the next three years.

Ola, as a partner with the state for its vision of ‘smart Andhra’ will enable technology to bring support to over 50,000 vehicles in the state within the next three years. It will ensure smart, reliable and safe transportation in the cities.

Tourists visiting Andhra Pradesh will be able to avail the benefits of Ola’s technology and best in class service to visit some of the most prominent tourist destinations across the state, with a single tap on their smartphones.

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Pranay Jivrajka, Ola’s chief operating officer, said that Ola will use its expertise to provide technology for more than 50,000 vehicles across the state ensuring a convenient and safe experience for users. “Ola will be investing over Rs 150 crore towards training, opportunity creation and technology deployment across the state,” he said.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also stated, “Mobile technology driven transportation apps like Ola can play a major role in creating job opportunities for hundreds of thousands in the state as well as in providing timely and efficient transportation for all. We are confident that this tie-up will benefit the entire transportation ecosystem in the state.”

Presently, Ola has over 10,000 vehicles on its state platform and it plans to increase this number to 50,000 in the next three years. The company, in addition will provide free skill development training to drivers during this time.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)