2011 Housing Census released by the Registrar General of India threw light on the facts on internet connectivity in Indian households. It was only a poor 3% with PCs and laptops accounting to 9.4 per cent or less and the Internet penetration was standing at a low point at 8% in the urban cities.
The painful fact is that the urban Internet penetration rate was no bigger than the rural area. It was only 1% less and the census was for over 24.66 crore households across India. On the other hand the telephone or mobile phone usage was at 63& in urban areas and 54% in rural grounds. Mobile phone was more used in households with 59% as against landline with only 10%.
The 2011 Census took place in two phases with almost 2.5 million enumerators and being conducted by almost 2 lakh supervisors. The information was collected on wide assortment of almost 35 items with 1.5 crore Census readings in 16 Indian languages. This does represent a dim picture of India and that the growth is concentrated. It is time that the light of Internet and Technology start spreading to every nook and corner of this nation.
Definitely this is also a marker to the fact that India needs greater leadership and innovation to move ahead into the future.