A national survey on e-governance has placed West Bengal among the bottom three, ahead of just Jharkhand and Bihar. West Bengal was ranked 19th among 21 states surveyed, with only Jharkhand and Bihar ranked below it. The survey was done by International Data Corporate (IDC), a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).
Tamil Nadu was ranked first and Bihar was slated to be the last amongst twenty-one states surveyed for e-governance initiatives.
West Bengal, which has traditionally been slow to catch up on computerisation, has covered a lot of ground in the past few years, but still there is a lot more to cover. The survey found the state among the bottom three on six of the 12 citizens' parameters on e-governance such as transport / RTO, municipal corporation, agriculture, healthcare, state transport services and employment exchange. The state was also ranked among the bottom three in seven of the 15 business parameters of e-governance such as business registration, small business assistance, licences and permits, government tenders and contracts, incentives and grants, transport/RTO and land/property department, according to the survey.