There has been a long-standing need to integrate the North-Eastern states of India into the bigger growth story. The north eastern states represent a diverse cultural context that needs to be appreciated and a sustainable growth model must be put in place.
Digital can play a crucial role in overcoming the physical difficulties of the North-East India, help build a channel of communication between it and the other parts of India. It is a movement that’s in the making and a few bright spots are now becoming visible.
Our research study Digital State of India – A Comparative Analysis has identified two such bright spots – Tripura and Sikkim, that are leading the movement of bringing growth and development in the culturally and geographically diverse and beautiful but alienated North Eastern part of India.
Both Tripura and Sikkim have found a place among the top 20 Digital States of India (based upon the Maximum Governance™ or MG Scores of the 29 States and the 7 UTs). Tripura is ranked at 17 and Sikkim at 20, with MG scores of 72.4 and 69.3 respectively. They are the top ‘PROMISING Digital States of India’ according to the report.
This score is out of the possible 150 and is based upon the Policy and Infrastructure Readiness (PIR) and Mission Mode Projects’ (MMP) Performance of the state/ UT. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have topped the list.
Interesting insights are available when one looks at a more granular data.
Tripura ranks at number 2 on the Land Records MMP, which means a very high level of digitization, process automation and integration across records keeping, registration, and mutation processes. It also ranks number 2 on the Health MMP, that includes the performance on the Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS) among other aspects. MCTS is government of India’s drive to reduce child mortality at birth by focusing on both mother and child’s health.
Similarly, Sikkim ranks high on eProcurement (rank 1) and ePanchayat (rank 2). In-fact both the states have taken considerable efforts on putting a single portal for all the government – citizens interface.
Though a lot more is required to be done, especially on the policy, infrastructure and other bigger MMPs like eDistrict, and Agriculture etc. Tripura and Sikkim are moving fast on the digital path. We can look forward to their further growth in the future.
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