Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana and Tamil Nadu score well, but eastern states fare quite poorly according to a new report “Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States” by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
The Internet index has been arrived at by looking at four things _ e-infrastructure, e-participation, IT services and e-governance. A key differentiating measure in this report is that it not only looks at digitisation of services but also usage of these services by citizens. For instance, Madhya Pradesh scores very high in terms of citizen participation, but ranks low in other components; hence its overall ranking is a poor 14th.
Kerala scores highest in terms of e-infrastructure which includes mobile subscribers, Internet access, tele-density, percentage of households using Internet connection, and how well equipped schools and post offices are with Internet and email facilities. In Kerala more than 90 per cent of the schools have computer facilities.
Among the smaller states, Delhi emerges on top in terms of Internet readiness, followed by Puducherry and Goa. Among the Union Territories, Chandigarh ranks top.
Top States in terms of Internet Readiness (Large States) are: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand and Bihar.
Top States in terms of Internet Readiness (Small States) are: Delhi, Puducherry, Goa, Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.