TN bags 7 awards in e-governance

CHENNAI NOV. 13. Tamil Nadu has won seven of the 40 awards announced at the seventh national e-governance conference, said the State IT secretary, Vivek Harinarain.

This was the first time the State Government was taking part in the competitions, held as a run-up to each of the annual conferences.

Earlier, entries were invited from Government organisations and civic bodies for competition in various categories, which include good e-governance initiatives, best web sites and concept papers.

The Additional Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, P.I. Suvrathan, said more than 150 entries were received.

In the awards for exemplary e-governance initiatives, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh shared the first place. Maharashtra won the award for `Public Private Participation: An experiment in e-Registration,' while Andhra Pradesh's E-Procurement won it the first place again. ``Bhoomi'' - Online delivery of Land Titles in Karnataka shared the second place with AP's `eSeva Delivery' of citizen services online and real-time.

For Tamil Nadu, ELCOT's initiative, `Administration the key for e-governance initiatives for creating a paperless office' and `e-governance' in Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation won merit citations.

P.K. Mohanty, executive director, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad, won the gold icon for his paper `Improving Governance through Performance Management.' Ajay Shrivastava, JDG of Foreign Trade, Union Ministry of Commerce, won the silver icon for his paper, `Regulator to Facilitator - DGFT Renewal thro EDI, Reengineering and strategic standarisation' and Prakash Kumar, Special Secretary, Government of Delhi, Department of IT, won a bronze icon for `Web-based Tender Notice Information System.'

From Tamil Nadu, the implementation of drug distribution management system of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation won a merit citation.