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India Slips on UN e-Governance

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In e-Governance readiness, India has fallen from a rank of 87 in 2005 to 113 in 2008 on e-Government readiness. According to the UN e-Government Survey 2008, India has slipped 26 places in the last three years and been overtaken by countries like Maldives (ranked 95), Sri Lanka (101) and even Iran (108).

Sweden has surpassed the United States as the leader in the overall e-Readiness index, with Denmark, Norway coming in second and third respectively. The US slipped to fourth place. Pakistan and Bangladesh have both improved and climbed to 131(from 136) and 142 (from 162) respectively. The fourth edition of the UN survey measures the progress made by various member states in drawing and implementing e-Government policies to improve public services. It uses e-participation and web assessment as two broad categories to rank countries on the basis of e-Information, e-Services and e-Tools provided by their governments to meet the demands of transparency and accountability voiced by citizens. In the e-Participation index, India was ranked 49 globally, whereas in the web measurement assessment, which measures the online presence of national websites, with those of the ministries of health, education, welfare, labour and finance of each country, it was ranked 54.

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