‘Digital India’: 950 million Indians have no Internet access, finds ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study

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India —

A joint study by ASSOCHAM and Deloitte found that as many as 950 million Indians have no access to the Internet despite lower data tariffs and falling smartphone pricing.

“Internet penetration is increasing in India, the access to affordable broadband, smart devices and monthly data packages is required to spread digital literacy to make their ends meet,” said the study.

The study titled ‘Strategic national measures to combat cybercrime’ said, “Existing government infrastructure assets should be further leveraged for provision of digital services at remote locations.”

Even as the Modi government is banking on a host of Internet-driven services for ambitious Digital India initiative, the joint study points out at country’s significant skill shortfall which is merely 2.3% over a global average of 50% and added that efforts would be required to augment digital literacy.

“Digital literacy needs to be increased by providing institutional training in schools, colleges and universities; accelerating partnerships with global technology leaders and using the workforce trained under Skill India to impart training,” suggests the study.