Web Ratna Awards Recognizing “Excellence in Web Space” www.nic.in
6786 Websites, 20 million documents and web pages, is the present size of the ‘Web Space of Indian Government’ and its growing by each day. This web space has a diverse set of government applications right from information dissemination, downloading of application forms for government services, online submission of applications, tracking the status of application to end to end delivery of services online. With the penetration of Internet and availability of affordable means to access the World Wide Web, the government web space can now be accessed by citizens of India across the nation, Rural and Urban alike. Comprehensive, Universally accessible and up-to-date web presence has become a need of the hour. The Indian Government has been amongst the frontrunners when it comes to initiatives towards institution and adoption of best practices for integrated delivery of information and services to achieve ICT-led development in the country. Due to its inherent simplicity and ease of use, World Wide Web becomes a natural choice for delivery of government services. In this direction a number of initiatives have been taken, at various levels in the government. Hence, the genesis of instituting Web Ratna Awards under the ambit of the National Portal of India (http://india. gov.in) by National Informatics Centre, DIT to promote exemplary initiatives in e-Governance using the medium of World Wide Web and to give due recognition to the commendable efforts put in this direction. The awards aim not only to recognize the noteworthy and sustainable initiatives in the realm of e-Governance but also to disseminate information about such initiatives for others to customize and replicate the successful solutions. The first ever “Web Ratna Awards” were conferred by Thiru A. Raja, Hon’ble Union 38
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Minister of Communications and IT in the presence of Shri Sachin Pilot, Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications and IT at an exclusive ceremony held on 19th April, 2010 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Different categories in Web Ratna Awards touch upon different aspect of e-governance right from web presence to delivery of citizen services to public participation and innovation in use of Technology. A total of 8 (award categories) x 3 (levels of Platinum, Gold and Silver) = 24 awards were conferred to teams and individuals in the following categories: 1. Citizen Centric Service 2. Public Participation Initiative 3. Outstanding Web Content 4. Innovative Use of Technology 5. Comprehensive Web Presence – Ministry/Department 6. Comprehensive Web Presence State 7. National Portal Coordinator 8. NIC Coordinator for the National Portal Web Ratna Awards 2009 Citizen Centric Services • Platinum Icon: Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry System • Gold Icon: HIMPOL (Himachal Pradesh Police on Web) • Silver Icon: Bangalore One (Integrated Citizen Services Portal) Public Participation Initiative • Platinum Icon: CIC Online (Filling of Appeal and Complaints online with CIC) • Gold Icon: SANJOG Helpline (Integrated Grievance Redressal System) • Silver Icon: Ideas for CM (Open Opportunity for the Civil Society)
Outstanding Web Content • Platinum Icon: E-Press Publisher (Press Information Bureau) • Gold Icon: India Post • Silver Icon: Gujarat Tourism Innovative Use of Technology • Platinum Icon: Indian Tsunami Early Warning System • Gold Icon: The m-Governance Mantra • Silver Icon: Justice through ICT (Video Conferencing between Court and Jail) Comprehensive Web Presence - Ministry/Department • Platinum Icon: Department of Economic Affairs • Gold Icon: Rajya Sabha • Silver Icon: Ministry of Rural Development Comprehensive Web Presence - State • Platinum Icon: Tamil Nadu • Gold Icon: Himachal Pradesh • Silver Icon: Chandigarh National Portal Coordinator • Platinum Icon: A.K.Srivastava, IAS • Gold Icon: Sanjay Kumar, IAS • Silver Icon: Shaliesh Kumar Singh, IAS NIC Coordinator of the National Portal • Platinum Icon: Sanjay Hardikar (NIC Madhya Pradesh State Unit) • Gold Icon: Ajay Chahal (NIC Himachal Pradesh State Unit) • Silver Icon: Vivek Verma (NIC Chandigarh State Unit). \\
outstanding Web Content • PlatinumIcon: E-Press Publisher (Press Information Bureau) • GoldIcon: India Post • SilverIcon: Gujarat Tourism Co...