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Honouring Exemplary Initiatives in Digital Governance

The Government of India has adopted a Digital India vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society & knowledge economy. To realise this vision, it is imperative that the focus be sharpened on the use of innovative digital initiatives to not only enable governance & services on demand, but also to empower citizens.

Indian government entities at all levels - Centre, State & local bodies - continue undertaking various initiatives to fulfil the Digital India vision. Due recognition should be accorded to such digital initiatives along with the teams that help build & implement them.

Digital India Awards (DIA) presents an opportunity to bring to the fore such digital initiatives. These awards are instituted under the aegis of National Portal of India to encourage and honour innovative digital solutions by government entities at all levels. DIA 2022 aims to inspire and motivate not only government entities but also startups in fulfilling the Digital India vision.

The seventh edition of the Digital India Awards witnessed more firsts, the most distinctive being the conferring of the awards in person by the Hon'ble President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu. The awards ceremony was held in the presence of the Hon'ble President, and Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Railways, and Communications, Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Rajesh Gera, Director General, National Informatics Centre (NIC), and all the 22 awardee teams in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi along with many Government officials who participated to celebrate the exemplary efforts of the winners. The awards were onboarded to the Rashtriya Puraskar portal for the first time.

This edition witnessed the awards being conferred on 22 teams across seven categories. These 22 digital initiatives exhibit the inspirational spirit of a resurgent nation, emerging stronger after the pandemic, and empowering all citizens including the differently abled to experience the fruits of digital governance that include a better quality of life, enhanced ease of doing business, safer & secure access to authentic & open information from Government entities even at grassroots level, in the farthest corners of the country.


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. Nominations to be authorized by the District Collector.
Local Bodies can apply.

Digital Empowerment of Citizens

Universally accessible, anytime anywhere access to Digital resources and promoting collaboration in participative governance and digital literacy leading to enhanced ease of living.
All Govt entities can apply.


Digital Initiatives for Ease of Doing Business

Digital initiatives creating significant impact by reducing the time, costs and efforts in setting up, conducting and operating business activities viz. single window clearance system, etc.
All Govt entities can apply.


Public Digital Platforms - Central Ministries, Departments and States

Excellence in design and implementation of a Public Digital Platform with a wide scale coverage and having high impact in the society (evaluation criteria may carry extra weightage for initiatives by North Eastern States). Nominations would be evaluated to select two awardees each for central and state level.
Govt entities - Central Ministries/Departments & States can apply.

WINNERS: Central Ministries, Departments

Data Sharing and Use for Socio Economic Development

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, services, economic development and public good (The category would encompass data sharing initiatives beyond Open Data and extra weightage would be given to those publishing datasets on data.gov.in).
All Govt entities can apply.

Digital Initiatives in Collaboration with Startups

Excellence by Government Entities in collaboration with Startups (as recognized by DPIIT) for enhancement and/or transformation of digital governance, improving the experience of digital services and digital empowerment of citizens i.e., fulfilling Digital India Vision.
Govt entities who have collaboration with Startups can apply.

Best Web & Mobile Initiatives Complying with GIGW & Accessibility Guidelines

Web & Mobile initiatives ensuring universal accessibility along with rich content and barrier-free access on any device.
All Govt entities can apply.

Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma (Chairperson) Secretary, MeitY
Shri Amit Agrawal Additional Secretary, MeitY
Shri Rajesh Gera Director General, NIC
Shri Sushil Pal Joint Secretary, MeitY
Shri Amar Nath Additional Secretary, DARPG
Dr. M. P. Gupta Professor, IIT Delhi
Dr. Anjali Kaushik Professor, MDI Gurugram
Ms. Rama Vedashree Former CEO, Data Security Council of India
Dr. Kapil Dev Singh Founder & CEO, COEUS Age
Ms. Alka Mishra (Member Convener) Deputy Director General, NIC