e-Governance

North India ahead of South in e-Network access

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According to an assessment on 'e-Governance initiatives' undertaken by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), cities like Delhi, Chandigarh and Goa are rated best in terms of e-Network access but in terms of e-Network policies, Southern part of India is taking lead.

In the last four years, beginning 2005, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are still leaders in e-Readiness, while Chandigarh, Haryana and Rajasthan have shown betterment in it during the period. The assessment determines the degree to which a country is prepared to participate in the networked world. The states have been rated on several parameters, including: network access, e-learning, network society, e-governance and network economy. Delhi, Chandigarh and Goa have been rated the best in terms of network access that includes indicators. Delhi and Chandigarh are equally good in e-Learning programmes which is based on percentage of colleges and schools with Internet access, universities offering Infotech courses and computer labs. Network policies are evaluated on government's efforts to address issues related with telecoms and e-Commerce.

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