American tech giants Google, Microsoft and homegrown providers like Rediff could soon be signing you up for email addresses in the desi language of your choice.
At a meeting convened last month, the government asked email service providers to enable users to sign up for addresses in local languages, starting with Hindi. This is in line with the broader agenda of ensuring that when the Internet reaches deeper into the semi-urban and rural areas, sufficient local-language content and the tools to access this should be available.
“The Bharat Net project will connect 250,000 gram panchayats through high-speed Internet in the next few years, and people should be able to utilise it when it reaches them,” said Rajiv Bansal, joint secretary in the ministry of electronics and IT. Bansal, who called the meet .