Kerala has been declared as a first digital state in India by Indian President (Pranab Mukharjee) on 29th Feb 2016. Following are the few reasons why Kerala has been declared as digital state-
- Kerala has achieved 100 per cent mobile connectivity and 75 per cent Internet literacy at the time of declaration.
- The state has the highest record of digital banking, bank accounts linked to Aadhar card and e-governance
- Broadband connectivity has been distributed in the Panchayat level as well
- Kerala is the first state to successfully link its villages with broadband connectivity under the National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) programme
- Apart from the NOFN programme, the state government had also started two digital projects -- Akshaya and IT@School -- in 2002.
- There are more than 2,500 Akshaya centres in rural and urban areas in the state, which help to generate awareness about e-governance and digital connectivity.
- Over 600 e-governance applications cover almost all departments of the state
- Kerala has a mobile coverage of 95 percent and Internet access to over 60 percent of its total population - the highest among all the 29 states.