Changlang district bags gold in Digital India Award-2020

From Rishu Kalantri

TINSUKIA, Dec 30: Recognising the exemplary services and initiatives in digital governance, Changlang, one of the remotest districts of frontier state Arunachal Pradesh, on Wednesday bagged a gold in Digital India Awards 2020.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the Digital India Awards 2020 – an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology – via video conferencing.

Within hours, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted “Congratulations #Changlang district on winning the award in the category of ‘Excellence in digital governance (district)’. Kudos to Changlang administration for achieving a significant milestone in providing citizen-centric digital solutions.

While presenting the Awards, the President acknowledged that it was the technological advances that helped us to ride through the darkest hours during the pandemic. “Technological advances, often termed as ‘disruptions’, helped us overcome the big disruption to a great extent,” said the President.

“India was not only prepared to minimise the adverse impact of mobility-restrictions but also utilized the crisis as an opportunity to march ahead in various arenas. It was possible only because the digital infrastructure has been strengthened in recent years, institutions offering lessons online is a live example of how education continued despite all adversities,” he said.

From the judiciary to tele-medicine, multiple sectors switched to the virtual mode. “For the government too, information technology was one of the most crucial tools to deliver a variety of services to citizens and keep the wheels of the economy turning,” he said. and urged to keep exploring innovative solutions for government offices in the paperless and contactless mode for the security and benefit of every citizen and will make administrative processes more eco-friendly.

The Digital India Awards platform honours exemplary initiatives and practices in Digital-Governance, every two years since 2009 by recognising efforts by districts in designing citizen-centric digital solutions that bring government services closer to the citizens.  The sixth edition of the Digital India Awards witnessed felicitation of 24 teams across half a dozen categories that include Innovation in Pandemic; Excellence in Digital Governance; Excellence in Digital Governance; Excellence in Digital Governance; Open Data Champion; and Exemplary Product.

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