According to a report titled ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’, published by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indicus Analytics, Maharashtra has secured the first rank among the Indian states.
Maharashtra is followed by Karnataka, Gujarat, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka and Gujarat have scored almost the same points to be on second and third positions respectively. However, the next two positions are at considerable distance, which include Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
Another interesting observation from the report is about the last 4 slots. The states placed in the last 4 slots are coincidentally from the eastern region including Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and Orrisa.
Talking about the smaller states, national capital has emerged as the top bet followed by Puducherry and Goa. However, no eastern state makes it to the top 3. This raises a bit of alarm for the government who is said to be working continuously for the betterment for the north-eastern region.
Index of Internet Readiness is an index given by components including e-Infrastructure index, e-Participation index, IT-Services and e-Governance index. While calculating the final index, the performance of states in all indexes was taken into consideration.
This report was declared as a reality check on the states working on initiatives like digital india and smart cities. In order to provide better facilities, there needs to be a competition among the states to become the best and this report is pretty much doing the same by highlighting the strong and week points of all the states included.