Kerala honours its e-Governance initiatives for 2010-13


Trivandrum: The Kerala State e-Governance Awards, instituted by the Kerala Government in recognition of IT enabled citizen-centric services and projects that have improved the quality of service delivery, for the years 2010 and 2011-13, were presented by the Minister for Industries & IT, Shri P K Kunhalikutty at a function held at the Institute of Management in Government (IMG) in Thiruvananthapuram.

While applauding the winners, the Minister said, “Kerala has come a long way since the launch of its e-Governance initiatives in 2001. Kerala is way ahead of most of the other States in e-governance and Kerala will be first. The change to e-delivery of services to citizens will improve transparency and efficiency of these services while reducing corruption.”

In his remarks, Jose Cyriac IAS (Rtd.), Chairman, Kerla State Innovation Coucil and Jury Head said, “Change is happening too fast and non IT-enabled Departments need to change accordingly to the needs of the new generation. There is need to improve services to the citizens.”

Anand Parthasarathy, Senior IT Journalist and Jury Member commented, “The jury members had a tough time to decide on the winners. It’s a matter of pride that over 70% of the innovations and applications were developed in-house in the Departments without external support. There were pockets of excellence but every innovation should spread to the entire State.”

Shri K Muraleedharan, MLA; Tinku Biswal IAS, Director General, IMG; Mohammed Y Safirulla IAS, Director, Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM); and Dr. S Sajeev, Asst. Professor & Nodal Officer, e-Governance Awards were among those present.

Awards were given under various categories of e-Governance Leader, e-Citizen Delivery, m-Governance, e-Learning, e-Procurement, Local Language Content Development, Best Website, Best Akshaya Centre, Social Media & e-Governance, and best e-Governed District.

IMG was the nodal agency for the e-Governance Awards and was supported by KSITM.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News