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About Web Ratna Awards

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 Web Ratna Awards, constituted by the Ministry of Communications 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 Web Ratna Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India.

The awards also aim to spread awareness about such initiatives.

 

Contact Details

National Portal Secretariat
3rd Floor, National Informatics Centre
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Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003
e-Mail : indiaportal[at]gov[dot]in
Phone : +91-11-24305371, +91-11-24305374, +91-11-24305378, +91-11-24363692
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Web Ratna 2014 Awards

Nominations were invited from Government Departments (Central Government Ministries/ Departments/ Offices/ Institutions, State Government Departments/Offices/ Institutions and District Administrations) for honoring exemplary web based e-governance initiatives in the following Categories:

  • Outstanding Citizen Centric Service
  • Public Participation Initiative
  • Outstanding Content
  • Innovative Use of Technology
  • Comprehensive Web Presence - Ministry/Department (Central Government)
  • Comprehensive Web Presence - State/UT Government
  • Open Data Champion - Ministry/Department/Organization/State

Award Categories

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

Citizen Centric Service

The Award aims to acknowledge 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 service should use the web as a primary mode of delivery in addition to other conventional/nonconventional modes.

Public Participation Initiative

The Award aims to honour initiatives taken by Government entities which have leveraged the use of ICT to solicit active participation of public in the process of governance. The winning entries should display relevance of context, mode of participation, involvement of stakeholders and innovative use of ICT, both for response acquisition as well as for analysis of inputs received. The impact of the initiative (qualitative as well as quantitative) would be a significant criterion for judging this award.

Outstanding Content

The Award shall felicitate outstanding content published on the web by a Government entity. The winning entries should reflect content packaged from the perspective of the citizens and adhering to the basic tenets of usability such as ease of navigation, design, accessibility, visual appeal, clarity (textual and design), download time and the overall quality of creative expression.

Innovative Use of Technology

The Award shall acknowledge innovative use of technology highlighting the acceptance and maturity level of implementation, scalability, sustainability and the impact of the use of technology.

Comprehensive Web Presence - Ministry/Department

The Award shall felicitate a Ministry or Department of the Government of India which has a comprehensive web presence in terms of quantity, quality, spectrum of coverage, innovation, citizen centricity and responsiveness in its web based information & service delivery initiatives. Aspects of usability & accessibility shall also be considered.

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

Comprehensive Web Presence - STATE / UT GOVERNMENT

The Award category aims to acknowledge the State/UT of India which has displayed exemplary initiative in establishing comprehensive web presence. The selection criteria shall include the overall quality and quantity of web based initiatives, the spectrum of sectors/departments having good web presence and the level of responsiveness towards web based queries by citizens. Aspects of usability & accessibility shall also be considered.

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

Open Data Champion - Ministry/Department/Organization/State

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 / departments / organizations / states in compliance with the National Data Sharing and Accessibility Policy (NDSAP). The selection criteria shall include 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 each Data Controller; nevertheless, other Ministries/Departments/Organizations/States may also be evaluated.

About Web Ratna Awards

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 Web Ratna Awards, constituted by the Ministry of Communications 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 Web Ratna Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India.

The awards also aim to spread awareness about such initiatives.