The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation won 4 of the 16 Awards for urban e-Governance at the inaugural edition of the Janaagraha Urban G2C Awards. The G2C Awards event, introduced as a pioneering benchmark for citizen-centric e-Governance, was presided over by Union Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath who delivered the inaugural address and also gave away the Awards.
In the first edition of the G2C Awards, 29 municipal corporation websites of the major cities of India were evaluated for Transparency and Accountability, Online Services, Citizen Voice, User Experience and Website Outcomes with 11 of those cities bagging the 16 Awards.
Municipal Corporations of Pune, Bangalore, Surat, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai also won Awards in various categories with Pune and Bangalore bagging 2 Awards each. Among the smaller cities, Bhubaneswar, Thiruvananthapuram and Indore achieved a podium finish besides Coimbatore. Coimbatore was the G2C Champion 2012 with Pune a close Runner Up.
The Awards Jury was chaired by Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India with Arun Maira, Member, Planning Commission, Dr M Ramachandran, Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development and Sanjeev Bikhchandani of naukri.com being the other members of the stellar Jury.
Pitroda said “The Janaagraha Urban G2C Awards are a pioneering benchmark of citizen centric e-Governance in India, measuring the outcomes of eGovernance initiatives for citizens. The cities that have won today have demonstrated how technology can be harnessed effectively to deliver better governance to their citizens. There is a long way to go, but this is a good beginning.”
Key Note speaker S Ramadorai, Vice Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services and Adviser to the Prime Minister of India in his address remarked that India’s growth story in software and technology services if replicated in digital governance can transform Indian cities.
The G2C Awards event also comprised a Panel Discussion with Mr Ramadorai, Mr Sam Pitroda, Mr Arun Maira and other members of the Awards Jury, followed by a Q & A session with guests from participating cities.
Ramesh Ramanathan, Co-Founder, Janaagraha commenting on the global cities’ component of the G2C Awards remarked “Inclusion of leaders in digital governance such as London and New York and their high scores would serve as a global benchmark for Indian cities, especially cities such as the award winners today, and spur them to even greater degrees of G2C. We are hopeful that we can cover more number of cities and categories in the next edition”.
Whilst the Government of India and various State Governments are making big-budget spends on ICT and e-Governance through initiatives such as the National e-Governance Plan, the G2C Awards stand out as a program that sharply focusses on how and how much such spends and efforts benefit citizens.
The G2C Award trophies were designed by Michael Foley, one of the best product designers in India who also designed the 2010 Commonwealth Games baton and more recently the 2012 Airtel India Formula 1 Grand Prix trophy.