GOI Announces Digital India Award 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016 - WorldWebReview Content Service
The Digital India Awards is here!

We are excited to inform you that the call for Nomination to Digital India Awards 2016 (earlier known as WebRatna Awards) has just been announced! This new avatar of WebRatna reflects the overall vision of making India a Digital Superpower, the focus is on the digital initiatives and citizen engagement.

Log on to our website http://digitalindiaawards.gov.in to know more about the award categories, registration and nomination procedures. Well, for those who had been eagerly anticipating hearing this, the wait is just over!

We are pleased to announce that, In addition to the following existing categories:

Exemplary Online Service
Most Innovative Citizen Engagement
Web Ratna - MINISTRY/DEPARTMENT
Web Ratna - STATE/UT
Open Data Champion

Three new Categories of Award have also been introduced:

Web Ratna District: To reward the accomplishments of the District administration, which has displayed exemplary focus on providing online services and information to the citizen.
Outstanding Digital initiative by Local body: The Award aims to felicitate outstanding Local Body initiative with a focus on providing exemplary information quality, extent of services provisioning by assessing the service maturity level, service catalogue, transparency, cost effectiveness and efficiency enhancement in terms of service delivery.
Best Mobile App: India is going mobile. More people today are accessing the internet on their phone than ever before. The Award aims to honour the Best Mobile App launched by a Government entity. Nominated app should have well designed and intuitive mobile interface.

The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. If you are a part of Government entity which provides e-services or have citizen engagement, which has a prominent impact on the betterment of common man, and you feel the initiative deserves honouring, this is the right opportunity for the project to win a Digital India Award. The nomination could also be for an established initiative or a recently improved service, which has the desired potential. If you have come across any other such digital initiatives, please feel free to encourage the concerned authority for applying to the relevant category.

The last season of Awards saw an overwhelming success with nation-wide response and active involvement of numerous well-wishers. The season concluded with the esteemed dignitaries honouring the winners at an elegant grand finale witnessed by a large gathering at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Glimpses of Web Ratna Awards 2014 can be viewed here. Be sure, this season would be much more exciting and vibrant!

Web Ratna Awards has established a large following all over the country and commended deserving projects, thus inspiring and encouraging others for good governance initiatives and we hope the same for Digital India Awards as well!

The last date for receipt of nominations is 15th August 2016!

And finally, here's a gentle note to request the nominees to avoid any last minute rush for submissions so that the process is error free and complete in all aspects. So, please ensure to apply and submit the nominations well in advance.

Wishing you Good Luck and have a great season ahead...

Team Digital India Awards 2016
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