Telangana wins second runner-up in Best State Category in Janaagraha City Governance Awards

12-01-2021 Tue 20:08

  • Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Mr Hardeep Singh Puri confers the awards in an online award ceremony on January 12, 2021
Hyderabad, 12th January 2020: Telangana government wins second runner-up in the Best State Category in Janaagraha City Governance Awards for ‘Geo-spatial Mapping of Urban Properties’ undertaken by the Commission and Director of Municipal Administration Department.

Held in memory of Mr V Ramachandran, a doyen of decentralisation, the awards were conferred in a virtual ceremony by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Mr Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Hardeep Singh Puri said that cooperative and competitive federalism are in-built into the design and execution of various schemes and missions. “My Ministry is clear that only a partnership between citizens, municipalities, states and MoHUA can deliver transformative urban change in this country. We have seen such a partnership in action, at scale, across hundreds of cities, in schemes like the Swachh Bharat Mission. In the next phase of urban development, we need to invest in building the capacities of municipalities as institutions of local self-government.  As part of Atmanirbhar Bharat, there is sharp focus on shoring up own revenues of municipalities through property tax and user charge reforms,” he said.

“An innovative, effective and elegant way to catalyse the change at scale throughout the country is by showcasing best practices, celebrating them and facilitating healthy competition and peer learning,” Mr Puri added.

“We appreciate Janaagraha for bringing best practices across the country on to a single platform to enable the Urban administration community to exchange the best practices and adopt them.  The Govt. of Telangana is a forerunner in implementing e- governance and urban reforms with the objective of improving transparency and service delivery,” said Dr.N.Satyanarayana, IAS Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration, Government of Telangana, after receiving the award.

The winners were chosen by an eminent jury comprising Priyank Kharge and Arvind Bellad (Members of Legislative Assembly, Karnataka), Amitabh Kant (NITI Aayog), Ashutosh Varshney (Brown University), Niranjan Rajadhyaksha (columnist and economist, IDFC Institute),Sanjeev Chopra IAS (Director, LBSNAA), Yamini Aiyar (Centre for Policy Research) and SK Das IAS (Retd.) (Chair of Jury, Member of Janaagraha’s Governing Board).

“Covid 19 has starkly reminded us of the need for government to be close to citizens, at the ward and even polling booth level.  Decentralised governance with citizen participation inherently built into its design is inevitable for surmounting the challenges of our cities and neighbourhoods.  We need more and more governments, and more and more political and administrative leaders, to put their might behind empowering our municipalities and neighbourhood communities.  Through the Janaagraha City Governance Awards we are committed to amplifying such efforts,” said Srikanth Viswanathan, CEO, Janaagraha.
Winners of 2nd Edition of Janaagraha City Governance Awards      
Best State

Winner - JAGA Mission, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Government of Odisha
Ist Runner-Up – Decentralisation of Plan Approvals, Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra
IInd Runner-Up – Geo-spatial Mapping of Urban Properties, Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration Department, Government of Telangana
Best Municipality

Winner – PPP Based Integrated Solid Waste Management, Indore Municipal Corporation
Ist Runner Up - My City Beautiful City, Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation          
IInd Runner Up - GIS Based Property Tax Administration System, Raipur Municipal Corporation   
Honourable Mention - Zero Waste Initiative, Kollam Municipal Corporation          
Honourable Mention - Decentralised Solid Waste Management, Vellore Municipal Corporation
Honourable Mention - Decentralised Solid Waste Management, Petlad Municipality
Best Civic Agency

Winner – Piped Water Supply Scheme for all Urban Households, Public Health Engineering Organisation, Odisha
Ist Runner-Up – Municipal E-Governance Project, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company
IInd Runner-Up – Integrated Transport Management System, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport
Honourable Mention – E-Platform and ERP System, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority

Best State Election Commission

Winner - E-Voting, Gujarat State Election Commission
Ist Runner-Up – Bifurcation of Assembly Rolls and Digitisation of Local Body Voter List, Maharashtra State Election Commission      
2nd Runner-Up- E-Election Software, Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission    

Best State Finance Commission

Winner - Kerala 4th State Finance Commission  
Ist Runner-Up - Bihar 5th State Finance Commission       
IInd Runner-Up - Maharashtra 4th State Finance Commission    

Panel Discussions
The award ceremony was followed by 3 panel discussions on topics:
  • Power to the People: Is a truly empowered City Government possible in India?
  • Making Decentralisation work in India: Learning from Successes
  • Women Leader’s as Change Agents in India’s Cities
The panelists consisted of senior Indian and foreign politicians at the center, state and city levels, senior bureaucrats, and inspirational women leaders.
Janaagraha City Governance Awards

Janaagraha City Governance Awards are instituted in the memory of Mr V Ramachandran, a doyen of decentralisation, to recognize ground-breaking work in decentralisation in urban context by institutions across government.

V Ramachandran, a former civil servant, known as the father of democratic decentralisation, set many a precedent with his visionary efforts and contributions in formulating participatory planning practice and Panchayati Raj. He also played a seminal role as a Member of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission in pushing the envelope on administrative reforms in India, and especially on decentralisation to local bodies. He was also a Member of the Governing Board of Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.

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