Bhubaneswar: The RTI Central Monitoring Mechanism (RTI CMM) of the State Government, implemented by Information and Public Relations Department, has topped the Best Government Portal category of National Award on e-Governance 2011-12 and has won the annual award instituted by the Union Government.
Nikunja K. Sundaray, IAS Principal Secretary to Govt. of Information & Public Relations Department received the award from Governor of Odisha, His Excellency Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare along with Director and team members at the valedictory ceremony of two-day 15th National Conference on e-Governance at KIIT University on Friday.
The selection for the award has gone through a 3-round of screening process including field visit and presentation before jury members at New Delhi.
The award is given every year to recognize and promote excellence in implementation of e-governance initiatives.
Addressing the valedictory function Shri Bhandare said, e-governance would help in improving the quality of governance in the State Sharing information with citizens by the Centre, State and local Governments will also increase awareness among citizens.
Stating that most of the office in the State are conected through Odisha State Wide Area Network, SHri Bhandare said, that the State is also ready with the state of art data centre to cater all requirements of IT infrastructure.
Notably, the State witnessed a series of changes in 2009 in view of implementation of Right to Information Act, 2005 when RTI Central Monitoring Mechanism (RTI-CMM) was launched. Since its implementation, the system has connected more than 4652 offices into this single network of RTI CMM.