Bridging the Digital Divide: E-governance Initiatives in India

Advancement in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its spread has brought in the concept of digital age. But the inequality in ICT access creates an information gap, termed the digital divide, among those who can access ICT and those who cannot. Indian government has taken many initiatives to bridge the digital inequality in India. E-governance is one of such initiatives which help the poor or disadvantaged people to access the ICT. This paper discusses the concept of digital divide and the major factors contributing to digital divide. It also discusses some of the e-governance projects implemented in India and the role of these projects in bridging the digital divide, thereby explainig how egovernance can actively participate in reducing the digital divide.

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