For his mass contact programme, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy received the United Nations Public Service Award for 2013 from UN Under Secretary General Wu Hongbo at the plenary session of the UN Public Service Forum and Awards ceremony in Bahrain on Thursday, a press release issued from the Chief Minister’s office here said.
The four-day convention, based on the theme “Transformative e-government and innovation: creating a better future for all,” saw the participation of Ministers, senior government officials and prominent personalities from over 80 countries. The panel that chose Mr. Chandy for the award considered some 600 applications on successful examples of public service activities for the masses, the press note said.
During his address, the Chief Minister said that reducing the gap between the people and the Ministers and government officials would contribute to strengthening democratic ideals of a society. He said the next edition of the mass contact programme would rely more on the support of information technology, eventually allowing more complaints to be submitted online for the Chief Minister’s attention.
Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa was the chief guest at the function. Kerala Minister for Culture and NoRKA K.C. Joseph was present.