India was placed at 91st position in the recently released 2016 Networked Readiness Index (NRI) by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF). The index was released as the part of the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report.
The WEF’s NRI, also referred to as the Technology Readiness index, measures the propensity for countries to exploit the opportunities offered by information and communications technology (ICT). It also measures countries’ success in creating the necessary conditions for a transition to a digitized economy and society. India was placed at 91st position in the NRI 2016 that was released by the Geneva-based WEF on 6 July 2016.
Singapore tops the chart, followed by Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Among the major emerging markets, India is ranked the lowest with Russia retaining the top place at 41st rank, followed by China at 59th (up three places), South Africa up 10 places at 65th and Brazil moving up to 72nd position.
India’s position on the list has come down for the fourth consecutive year in a row, from 89th in 2015, 83rd in 2014 and 68th in 2013. In different parameters of Index, India has scored better in terms of political and regulatory environment (78th position). It ranked very high (8th) place in terms of affordability.
India’s performance in terms of providing online services and allowing e-participation has so far been in line with that of peer countries, but far from the global best (57th and 40th, respectively)
The worse parameters include - business and innovation environment (110th). In terms of infrastructure it even scored worse (114th) place. India also fares very badly on sub-indices for levels of skills (101st) and individual usage (120th).
The report further noted that a third of the Indian population is still illiterate and a similar share of youth is not enrolled in secondary education.