Information Environment in Rural India: Impediments to Free Flow of Information
Library Herald Year : 2008, Volume : 46, Issue : 1 First page : ( 42) Last page : ( 49) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Information Environment in Rural India: Impediments to Free Flow of Information
Sharma Arvind K, Assistant Professor Department of Library and Information Science, MLB Government College of Excellence, Gwalior 474 009, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract This article deals with the impediments to the free flow of information in rural areas of Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. Total 667 schedules were received back from respondents. Major findings are: 83.05% of respondents prefer to study reading material in Hindi language; money and lack of time are coming in the way of obtaining required information in rural areas; only 4.34% respondents (29 out of 667) are familiar with the Internet in this I T age. While 18.14% of respondents (121 out of 667) are familiar with computer. 241 (36.13%) of respondents are familiar with mobile; 13 (1.94%) respondents have taken the benefit of Internet technology for fulfilling their information need. Majority of respondents 267 (40.02%) have not taken benefits because they have not received information timely.