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Government to honour staff with Sarvothama Seva Awards

T.S. Ranganna
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The State government has proposed Sarvothama Seva Awards to honour officials and employees, numbering around six lakhs in four cadres.

While Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will present the State-level awards in Bangalore on the Republic Day, secretaries will do it at the department level and Ministers in charge of districts will present them at the district headquarters.

A total of 220 awards will be presented.

Best performers

According to a Government Order issued on November 20, 2012, the awards will be given to best performing officials and employees in 30 departments, barring Home and Education, who are already getting awards under two schemes and the Government of India officers.

The awards are given to those who introduce innovative systems, citizen-friendly initiatives, and help create a non-corrupt atmosphere in the civil service.

Cash awards

There are 10 State-level awards of Rs.25,000 each, 30 department-level awards of Rs. 15,000 each, and 180 district-level awards of Rs.10,000 each. There will be six awards in each district.

All the secretaries have been informed through a circular to get/send nominations from officials/employees with December 31 for finalising the names.

Previous initiatives

The GO recalled that the State government had instituted a similar award in 2003. It was withdrawn in 2011 when the Union government started giving Prime Minister’s civil service award for excellence and only one official from each State was getting this.

However, it was withdrawn later.


  • The awards are given to those who introduce innovative systems and citizen-friendly initiatives

  • Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will present the State-level awards in Bangalore on January 26


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