Awarded for its e-governance project in December, 2015, Himachal Pradesh actually is lagging in connecting up its much of its rural panchayats with optical fiber networks to enable delivering better government to citizen services at their doorsteps.
National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) December 6, 2015 data shows that only 14 panchayats in Himachal Pradesh are connected with an opitcal fiber network.
Uttarakhand has connected 508 panchayats, Jammu & Kashmir 32, Nagaland 103, Manipur 24, Meghalaya 44, Tripura 356 and none have been connected in Aurnachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
The central government is pushing for the digitial India drive and all these states are counted as special category states, where special emphasis is given to government schemes.
Despite its high tele-density, Himachal Pradesh fares badly on the NOFN network.
The state is largely rural with nearly 90% of the population living in villages and there are a total of about 3030 panchayats in Himachal Pradesh.
On 28 December, 2015, Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad awarded the state for its contribution in holding the Digital India Week in July, 2015.
Himachal was randed second among states and union territories for hold the event, which had the objective of informing, educating and engaging citizens about benefits of connecting up with Digital India.
Launched by Virbhadra Singh during Digital India Week celebrated from July 1-7 had introduced seven services under the e-district programme that included registration of births, death and marriages.
Aadhar Permanent Enrolment Centre, e-Vidhan and Mandi Tourism Mobile Apps and MyDiarY Mobile App were also launched the Digital India Week.
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