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.

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 Eligibility

Central Government Ministries/ Departments/ Offices/ Institutions, State Government Departments/ Offices/ Institutions, District Administrations and Indian Missions Abroad are eligible to apply for the Digital India Awards. A project may be nominated for more than one category.

The Digital India Awards aim at encouraging Government entities, which have made significant contributions towards the implementation of e-Governance and shown an exemplary & innovative approach to achieve administrative efficiency and transparency.

All entries should be submitted online in the prescribed performa. The nomination should be supported by an Authorisation Certificate as per the prescribed format, duly signed by the respective nominating authority. A scanned copy of the certificate should be submitted online and original to be sent by post to the National Portal Secretariat.

Winners

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, integration with electronic authentication and digital payments . Level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services, usability,accessibility and citizen engagement for decision making 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

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, integration with electronic authentication and digital payments . Level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services, usability, accessibility and citizen engagement for decision making would also be assessed.

Note: Nomination is expected from each Web Information Manager; nevertheless, other States/UTs may also be evaluated. Special Award would be conferred to the participating North East States.

Web Ratna District

To reward the accomplishments of the District administration which has displayed exemplary focus on providing comprehensive information to the citizens. Entries must display the level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing the information in terms of accessibility, quality and spectrum of coverage highlighting the important facets of the districts in terms of tourism, art, culture, handicraft and access to utilities .

Note: Special Award would be conferred to the participating North East Districts.

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. Integration with electronic authentication and digital payments features will also be assessed.

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 entries should display extent of service maturity, and the convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services. Extent of integration with electronic authentication, digital payments and digi locker will be evaluated. Citizen participation for decision making is desirable.

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.

Open Data Champion

Open Data Championship Award is to acknowledge the Ministries/Departments/Organizations/States for proactive, timely and regular release of datasets/resources through Web Services/APIs on the Open Government Data (OGD) Platform (https://data.gov.in) in compliance with the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP). The selection criteria primarily focused on overall release of datasets/resources through Web Services/APIs and consumption by public at large apart from views, downloads, usability, etc. Potential usage of such datasets/resources for Open Data for Innovations would be an added advantage.

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

Emerging Technology

The award honours those digital initiatives that have made exemplary use of emerging technologies in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Virtual Reality, BlockChain, Internet of things, Voice user interface or Big Data & Analytics. The initiative must be successfully running and should have reached a substantial level of implementation at the time of filing the nomination.