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Can rural India be ignored...still?
The Global Economic Prospect (GEP) survey 2008 states that the gap between technology usage by low income and high income countries, at last, is reducing. However, various other studies show that India is still very far behind when it comes to technology. Broadband is accessed by only 4 million users (less than 0.4% of total population), out of which, the majority live in cities. Computer Industry Almanac Inc.’s report reveals that Internet usage has actually fallen down by 1% since 2005.
It requires no rocket science to understand that the rural-urban divide is hampering the rural population at large. The biggest impediments are lack of infrastructure (roads, rails, towers), electricity, Naxal wars etc. If the domestic skills were available to efficiently use the technologies employed, then the Indian GDP could be 4.8 times the current GDP [GEP 2008 research].
Rural telephony and Internet penetration could phenomenally improve the reach of market initiatives and generate further employment in multivariate sectors. If technology usage has helped in exporting high-value services, then there is no way rural India can be ignored for even high-tech promotion.
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