Trivandrum: The Kerala Chief Minister’s website, keralacm.gov.in, has grabbed the prestigious icon of excellence, Web Ratna Gold Medal Award instituted by Central Government to promote innovative e-Governance initiatives. This is for the first time a Web Ratna award is coming to Kerala. This website was launched on July 01, 2011.
P T Chacko, CM’s Press Secretary and Jogie George Jacob, PA to CM received the award from Union Minister for Communication & IT, Shri Kapil Sibal at a function held today at New Delhi. Ministers of State Shri Milind Deora and Dr. Kruparani Killi were also present. The award aims to honour initiatives taken by the Chief Minister who have leveraged upon the use of ICT to solicit active participation of public in the process of governance.
Entries were called for in the categories of citizen centric services, public participation initiatives, outstanding content and innovative use of technology. The award secretariat consisting of three tier screening committee observed that the Kerala Chief Minister’s website has succeeded in bringing better public participation in governance.
The round-the-clock live webcast of CM’s chamber and office, 24×7 online grievance redressal cell which offer public to lodge their complaints and to follow up the same, the Secretariat file tracking facility and Vision 2030 idea box are the notable characteristics of Kerala Chief Minister’s website.
‘The New York Times’ had applauded the live streaming of Chief Minister’s office as part of Oommen Chandy’s earnest efforts to bring transparency in governance by incorporating technological innovations. Many others at National and International level has placed their remarks earlier regarding the new governance initiatives among whom, UNDP Director Jeraldin Fracer Molliketi has given special mention to this website.
Designed and developed by C-Dit, the website is managed by a team consisting of Dinesh Sharma, Principal Secretary to CM, Jyothilal, GAD Secretary, P T Chacko, Jogie George Jacob, S Jayakumar, R Shivaramakrishnan, S Satheesh, P Ashish and Rejith Raj.
Kerala IT News