The Government of India has been bracing for innovation and transformation in delivery of information/services with adoption of best ICT practices. Almost every Government department is trying to make services accessible and integrated to citizens. It's time to recognize these e-governance initiatives. The Digital India Awards, constituted by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, acknowledges exemplary initiatives/practices of various states/UTs in the realm of e-governance.

Today, citizens can explore diverse services with a few clicks of mouse. A number of e-Governance initiatives have been undertaken by the State Governments and Central Ministries on a continuous basis to improve the delivery and accessibility of public services. The National Portal of India provides an ideal front-end for these initiatives as it is a single window access to information and services being provided by the various Indian Government entities. In order to promote more innovative e-governance initiatives, the Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India. The awards also aim to spread awareness about such initiatives.

Nomination
Digital India Awards 2016Nomination

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.

We are pleased to announce that, in addition to the existing award categories, three new categories have been introduced

  • Web Ratna District
  • Outstanding Digital initiative by Local body
  • Best Mobile App

 

To know more about the award nomination procedures please click here.

 

Nominations have been closed!
Award Categories
Digital India Awards 2016Award Categories

Three Awards - Platinum Icon, Gold Icon and Silver Icon have conferred in each of the following eight categories:

Web Ratna - MINISTRY / DEPT.

The Award shall felicitate a Ministry or Department of the Government of India which has a comprehensive web presence and display the level of accountability in terms of quantity, quality, spectrum of coverage, innovation and performance report ascertaining user satisfaction. Level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services, usability and accessibility would also be assessed.

Note: Nomination is expected from each Web Information Manager; nevertheless, other Ministries/Departments may also be evaluated

Web Ratna - STATE / UT GOVERNMENT

The Award aims to acknowledge the State/UT of India for displaying exemplary initiative in establishing comprehensive web presence and display the level of accountability in terms of quantity, quality, spectrum of coverage, innovation and performance report ascertaining user satisfaction. Level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services, usability and accessibility would also be assessed.

Note: Nomination is expected from each Web Information Manager; nevertheless, other States/UTs may also be evaluated.

Web Ratna District

To reward the accomplishments of the District administration which has displayed exemplary focus on providing online services and information to the citizens . Entries must display the level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services in terms of accessibility, quantity, service maturity and spectrum of coverage in order to ascertain user satisfaction in its web based information & service delivery initiative.

Exemplary Online Service

The Award shall facilitate those ICT based services by a Government Department (Central/State) which have displayed exemplary citizen focus, reach, scope and innovation in approach. The service should have effectively contributed to enhancement in efficiency, productivity as well as in imparting transparency and accountability in the governance process. The winning entries should display extent of service maturity and the convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services.

Open Data Champion

To acknowledge proactive release of resources(datasets/apps) in an Open/Machine readable format, on the Open Government Data (OGD) Platform (http://data.gov.in), by the ministries/ depts./ organizations/ states in compliance with the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP). The selection criteria includes overall consumption of resources by public at large with respect to their ratings, views, downloads etc. Potential usage of such datasets for development of Apps to deliver citizen services innovatively would be an added advantage.

Note: Nomination is expected from Chief Data Officers; nevertheless, other Ministries/ Depts./ Organizations/ States may also be evaluated.

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. The entries would also be assessed on the level of convenience or empowerment provided to the citizen through the initiative.

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 entry should also display ease of use and personalisation features. Usability, content organisation and availability on multiple platforms will be considered. Back end dashboards and analytics functionality are desirable.

Most Innovative Citizen Engagement

In a democratic system, citizen participation is one of the key components of decision making process. The Award aims to honour initiatives taken by Government entities which have leveraged the use of ICT to solicit active engagement of public in the process of governance. The winning entries should display relevance of context, multiple modes of participation, involvement of stakeholders and innovative use of ICT, both for response acquisition as well as for analysis of inputs received.