Dhaka, Sept. 13 -- Despite the government's pro-digital approach, 54 per cent rural households in Bangladesh do not have access to the internet, a new study shows, as experts fear the 'digital divide' could hinder e-governance progress.

According to the research findings unveiled Sunday, 59 per cent of them do not have access to a smartphone and 49 per cent have no access to computers.

The study, carried out by Brac Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), surveyed 6,500 rural households across the country to develop a Digital Literacy Index (DLI) that illustrates the current state of digital literacy in rural Bangladesh, reports UNB.

Experts at an online seminar titled 'Digital Literacy in Bangladesh', where the study results w...