Punjab government initiative acknowledged nationally; won National Award for its Initiative
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
Today, Punjab government’s Digital Initiatives got national acknowledgement as the state won “Silver” award for “INVEST PUNJAB” its Digital Initiative helping investors in ‘Ease of Doing Business’. The award has been awarded by the President of India Droupadi Murmu during the seventh edition of the Digital India Awards 2022, today at New Delhi.
The award has been awarded to Invest Punjab-a digital initiatives “for creating significant impact by reducing the time, costs and efforts in setting up, conducting and operating business activities.”
The Platinum award has been awarded to Mine Mitra (UP) and Gold to eAbkari (Odisha) in the same category.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Digital India Awards 2022 acknowledge, inspire and motivate not only Government entities but also startups to attain the vision of a digital India. The awards are but a step towards transforming India into a digitally empowered society where people’s potential is unleashed by effective use of digital governance. Congratulating the awards winners, she said that it was heartening to see the diverse range of innovations made to benefit the people – from citizen empowerment and data sharing platform to the ease of doing business.
The award ceremony is attended by the Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Alkesh Kumar Sharma, the Director General National Informatics Centre (NIC), Rajesh Gera and other dignitaries.
About Invest Punjab
The Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion (Invest Punjab) has been set up by the Government of Punjab as the single point of contact for the facilitation of investors keen to set up a business in Punjab. Working as a one-stop office for providing state-level regulatory clearances and approvals for fiscal incentives, Invest Punjab is one-of-its-kind in India owing to its dual responsibility.
The Bureau was established in December 2013 vide a Govt. notification wherein the concurrent powers of key departments were bought under a single roof for granting statutory clearances. Presently, 23 officers from different state departments work under the Bureau. The Government of Punjab has further strengthened the legal constitution of the institution by enacting The Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion Act, 2016. This Act empowers the CEO of the Bureau to exercise powers of all the departments of the Government of Punjab as devolved upon it under their respective rules.
About Digital India Awards
Digital India Awards encourage and honour innovative digital initiatives by government entities at all levels. These awards aim to inspire and motivate not only the government entities but also start-ups and grassroot level digital initiatives in fulfilling the Digital India vision. The 7th edition of Digital India Awards was presented under the following seven categories:
Digital Empowerment of Citizens: Recognizing universally accessible, anytime anywhere access to Digital resources and promoting collaboration in participative governance and digital literacy leading to enhanced ease of living.
|Gold||Transport Mission Mode Project (eTransport)|
|Silver||Judgment Search Portal|
Digital Initiatives at Grassroots Level: Recognizing initiatives that use Digital Technology e.g., AI, Blockchain, Drones, IoT, ML, GIS, etc. in domains like agriculture, health, education, employment, labour, skilling etc. at the level of Panchayats, Local Bodies, Sub-Districts.
|Platinum||e-Vivechna App (MP)|
|Gold||DeGS Computer Basic Training (Jharkhand)|
|Silver||Ksheerasree Portal (Kerala)|
Digital Initiatives for Ease of Doing Business: Honouring Digital initiatives creating significant impact by reducing the time, costs and efforts in setting up, conducting and operating business activities.
|Platinum||Mine Mitra (UP)|
Data Sharing and Use for Socio Economic Development: Recognizing Sharing of Government Data by Ministries/ Departments/ Organizations, States, Smart Cities and ULBs to a central repository to create a vibrant data ecosystem in the country for analysis, decision making, innovation, economic development and public good
|Platinum||Smart Cities Mission, M/o Housing and Urban Affairs|
|Gold||Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)|
|Silver||Center for e-governance (Karnataka)|
Public Digital Platforms – Central Ministries, Departments and States: Honouring excellence in design and implementation of a Public Digital Platform with a wide scale coverage and having high impact in the society
|Award||Winners – States|
|Platinum||DUARE SARKAR (West Bengal)|
|Award||Winners – Central Ministries, Departments|
Digital Initiatives in Collaboration with Startups: Honouring excellence by Government Entities in collaboration with Startups for enhancement and/or transformation of digital governance, improving the experience of digital services and digital empowerment of citizens
|Platinum||Digital Workforce Management System (Kerala)|
|Gold||Smart Nutrient Management of the Soil (Telangana)|
|Silver||Digital Deposit Refund System (Uttarakhand)|
Best Web & Mobile Initiatives Complying with GIGW & Accessibility Guidelines: recognizing Web & Mobile initiatives ensuring rich content and barrier-free access on any device.
|Platinum||Bilaspur District Website (Chhattisgarh)|
|Gold||Website of Kottayam District (Kerala)|
|Silver||Website of Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology|