Maharashtra Has Topped In Internet Readiness Index

As per recent report, Maharashtra has topped in terms of the overall Internet readiness index. The report has been compiled and published by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Indicus Analytics.

Maharashtra ranks at the top in terms of Internet readiness with a strong position in areas like e-infrastructure, eGovernance, IT services and consumer participation, a report by industry body IAMAI today said. Karnataka, Gujarat, Telengana and Tamil Nadu followed in the tally. The report, titled ‘Index of Internet Readiness of Indian States’, said Delhi has emerged as the leader among the smaller states, followed by Puducherry and Goa. North East states, They have not even figured among the smaller states indicating that much more needs to be done in the form of investment and infrastructure development in the region. 

IAMAI, President Subho Ray told that to give the rapid advancement in e-services and e-commerce, it is essential to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the states. This would help the business and governments to leverage the strength, policy measures can also be taken where improvements are required, he added. Ray said various key parameters like mobile subscriber base, share of private players in internet service providers, percentage of households using computer/laptop with internet connection and number of e-transactions were taken into consideration. . 

In terms of e-infrastructure, Kerala topped the list of states, ahead of Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. On the parameter of participation, Gujarat topped the index, followed by Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu with high levels of Internet-enabled transactions. “States that need to improve in this category are Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttarakhand, recording exceedingly low number of e-Transactions across all categories. These states fall behind in the basic minimum requirement of participating in an e-Ready environment,” the report said. Karnataka led the IT sector sub-index, while Maharashtra topped the list for measures taken towards as well as uptake of eGovernance services.