The Internet is out of the reach of nearly 950 million Indians, according to an ASSOCHAM-Deloitte joint study.
Internet penetration is increasing in India, but the access to affordable broadband, smart devices and monthly data packages is required to spread digital literacy to make their ends meet, noted the study titled ‘Strategic national measures to combat cybercrime,’ jointly conducted by ASSOCHAM and research firm Deloitte.
Existing government infrastructure assets should be further leveraged for provision of digital services at remote locations. 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. An integrated approach between Digital India and Skill India needs to be constructed to design programmes and impart training.
The report says that the government should increase awareness regarding the value-add of technology to increase technology adoption. The benefits of technology such as increase in the standard of living of the weaker sections of society and enhancing financial inclusion should be communicated to citizens.
Private sector players should be incentivised to develop infrastructure, provide services and promote digital literacy as part of the Digital India programme. Start-ups should be involved to create and customise apps to local needs to increase adoption of digital technology, adds the joint study.