The Indian Express organised the second edition of its ‘Excellence in Governance Awards’ initiative in New Delhi.
The event was held on Tuesday in New Delhi at The Oberoi.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah attended the ceremony as the chief guest and he also presented the awards to the winners.
Excellence In Governance Awards essentially honours District Magistrates from across all the districts in the country for innovations implemented by them in their areas, which had a positive impact on the welfare of the citizens and government efficiency.
The awards were given out in 18 categories, spanning from social welfare to agriculture, education, and technology. 401 entries were received from 182 districts in 29 states, and the winners were selected from among them. Senior bureaucrats, lawmakers, ambassadors, and other notable figures from the capital praised the awardees for their efforts to bring about change at the grassroots level.
Shah said, “PM Narendra Modi believes that the key to good governance is people-centric development policy. A policy for good governance cannot be imported. We will have to make our own models according to our situation and after evaluating the condition of the people. If we try to impose an imported model from a country with a population of 2-10 crore onto a nation as diverse as our, we are bound to fail. And for this the thought process must start at the grassroots level and that must reach the top. And the top must be so open that must take the smallest of suggestions seriously,”
Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group, said, “These awards are heartening at two levels. One is my personal conviction that good journalism, that we call The Indian Express journalism, is about asking hard questions and flagging problems. But it is also about creating answers and shining light on solutions. These days we contest everything. We are entering a fractious year ahead of general elections. The awards that show good governance is by definition non-partisan. It is a powerful reminder that in a democracy the best of public service does not need to be contested. Transformative change and empowerment are their own ideology.”
The winners were chosen by a panel that included Wajahat Habibullah, a former chair of the National Commission for Minorities and the country's first Chief Information Commissioner, Nirupama Rao, India's Foreign Secretary, KM Chandrasekhar, a Former Cabinet Secretary, and Amarjeet Sinha, member of Public Enterprises Selection Board, under the direction of former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha.
PWC, the awards' knowledge partner, examined each entry's performance in terms of innovation, impact, implementation, and participation of people.
The Indian Express's reporters and editors then used field trips and an audit to confirm the shortlist, and the jury then decided which candidates would win.
Agriculture: Vishal Singh
Disaster Management: Asheesh Singh
E-Governance: Sharad Kumar Dwivedi
North 24 Pargana, West Bengal
Energy: Kuldeep Chaudhary
Gender and Inclusion:
Healthcare: Krishnanunni H
Implementation of Central Schemes: Rohit Singh
Innovative Schemes: Faiz Aq Ahmed Mumtaz
Sustainability: Sumit Gupta
Jury Special: Divya S Iyer
MSME: Manjunath Bhajantri
Public Amenities: Harichandana Dasari
Skill Development: Dr. T Prabhushankar
Start Up and Innovations: Kundan Kumar
Swachhata: Pawan Kadyan