OF ICT IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: A CRITIQUE
The usage of information and communication technology (ICT)
is increasingly being seen as a major tool for development.
In a huge country like India, this has deeper significances
as the ICT enabled services can be used as an alternative
to the government services where the latter cannot reach directly
to the citizens. However, taking ICT as a solution for various
challenges in context to development has its own set of problematics.
While India is increasingly appreciated globally for its magnificent
growth in the IT sector, a striking majority of people are
grossly under privileged without even basic access to modern
technologies. Researches show we are a nation fraught with
worst kind of digital divide. In such a scenario, it is imperative
to weigh the feasibility of using ICT as a tool for sustainable
development. This paper looks into these problems, seeking
to present a critique of the ongoing projects and suggests