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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shri Kapil Sibal Gives Away Web Ratna Awards 2012

Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Communications and IT has underlined the need for collaboration between different arms of the Union Government, between State Governments and between the Union and State Governments as regards Website/Internet based activities. He said that only this way would transparency be arrived at and duplication avoided. He also called for an award to be instituted for collaboration among different government departments, Union or State for web based/internet work. He was speaking on the occasion of Web Ratna Awards 2012, given away here today. Shri Sibal congratulating the awardees said that they had provided exemplary service towards increasing the impact of the Internet on people’s lives, but also added that problems of society cannot be solved only by individual interventions, but through systemic changes.

The Ministers of State for Communications and IT, Shri Milind Deora and Dr. Killi Kruparani speaking on the occasion, congratulated the awardees. Also present on the occasion were Shri J Satyanarayana, Secretary Department of Electronics & Information Technology and Dr YK Sharma DG, NIC besides other senior officers of the Ministry of C&IT.

Web Ratna Awards acknowledge the exemplary initiatives in e-Governance using the medium of World Wide Web in different categories highlighting application of ICT, right from web presence to delivery of citizen services to public participation and innovation in use of technology. The Awards bring together many e-Governance Awardees and some of the finest thinkers from the field of IT, e-Governance and academic institutions.

The Awards are conferred to teams from all the constituents of the Indian Government at the Centre and State level in the following categories:

• Citizen Centric Service
• Public Participation Initiative
• Outstanding Web Content
• Innovative Use of Technology
• Comprehensive Web Presence - Ministry/Department
• Comprehensive Web Presence - State

The list of awardees can be accessed at the The first ever "Web Ratna Awards" were presented in 2010.

A number of nominations were received for the Web Ratna Awards’12. These Awards were finalized through a three tier evaluation process. The entries were independently scrutinized using the scientific evaluation matrix devised by IIT Delhi, which was later meticulously evaluated by the Screening Committee. The shortlisted nominations were thoroughly evaluated by the Jury comprising of senior members from the Government, Academia and institutes/organizations. 
Source : PIB, 10 Dec, 2012

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