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Awardees | Skoch Challenger Award 2006

Lifetime Achievement - Mr. C. B. Bhave, CMD, NSDL

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 A 1975-batch IAS officer of the Maharashtra Cadre was an executive director in charge of the secondary markets at SEBI, Mr C B Bhave set the markets afire when he managed to persuade all market players to agree to accept the new system of trading in dematerialized shares or debentures.  This resulted in setting up of a National Securities Depository Limited or NSDL. Today there are over 7.5 million depositors who have accounts with NSDL, with over 538 billion dollars worth of securities dematted. India has been the fastest to implement paperless trading. With such a track record, it is hardly surprising Mr Bhave’s NSDL has been chosen to implement the Tax Information Network for the Finance Ministry. Mr Bhave is  now playing a crucial role in introducing reforms in tax administration.

Mr. C. B. Bhave, CMD, NSDL receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Lifetime Achievement from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj



Change Management - Mr. B. M. Mittal, Cheif General Manager, Punjab Natonal Bank

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One of the most significant image and process makeovers in the Public Sector has been in Punjab National Bank. PNB is making strides  in removing all back office work from the branch, do centralized marketing so as to relieve branch managers of extra work and get them to focus on customer care and acquisition. It is also foraying into a totally new concept of Bhagidari ATMs – that will result in substantial savings while multiplying the number of transactions at a low cost. innovative use and earthquake engineering.

Mr. B. M. Mittal, Cheif General Manager, Punjab Natonal Bank receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Change Management conferred on Punjab National Bank from      Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj



Citizen Services Delivery- Mr. Krishan Kant, DC, Nawanshahar, Punjab

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Suwidha is Punjab’s rural facing citizen services delivery project that covers all the 18 districts of the state on a self sustaining basis. Suwidha centres in rural Punjab are providing a single window for 24 services. These include all kinds of licenses, certificates, passports, approvals, pension cases and ration cards and so on. Most of these services that used to take days earlier are now available in a matter of hours. As per our study, Suwidha enjoys an 89% citizen approval rating.

Mr. Krishan Kant, DC, Nawanshahar, Punjab receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Citizen Services Delivery conferred on State of Punjab- Suwidha from Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sikkim.


 

Public Private Partnership -

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Centered in West Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh, e-Seva Kendras are run by locally motivated entrepreneurs that provide various government services like issuance of nativity certificates, income certificates or Record of Rights. It also collects various dues like electricity and telephone. In addition it provides services like online Mandi rates, Tele Medicine, Tele Agriculture, Matrimonial Services and also doubles up as computer training centre for village children. These entrepreneurs are now earning as much as twenty thousand rupees per month in addition to providing widespread employment to many more. Local handicraft like Lace is being marketed overseas using e-Seva.

Mr. N. S. Sathya Sai Baba (Middle), Dr. N. Vijayaditya(2nd from Right), Mr. C. S. R. Prabhu (Rightmost) from NIC receiving the Skoch Challenger Award conferred on State of Andhra Pradesh- Rural e-Seva for Public Private Partnership category from Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sikkim

 


Exemplary Use of Technology - Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP,Rajya Sabha

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We also salute the spirit of Dr Shefali Dash of NIC that keeps the CICs in North-East humming. We further note the contribution of Mr S R Das of DIT in making the Replication Project at Namchi a success. Our team was also immensely impressed by the heritage preservation work being done by monks at Churtan Monastry, through support received from Mr Ajeer Vidya. 

Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP,Rajya Sabha,Sikkim receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Exemplary Use of Technology conferred on State of Sikkim- ICT Initiatives fromMr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj    


Social Impact- Mr. S. K. Mitra, ED, NABARD

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Vansda and Kaprada, tribal hamlets tucked away in remote areas of South Gujarat, housing families who once a upon a time, were steeped in poverty, misery, hunger and a bleak future. Most of the tribals used to migrate in search of a living. 25,000 tribal families are now leading a life of dignity, happiness and contentment. Supported by KFW – a German development Bank the project Wadi has been monitored by NABARD while the implementation is done by BAIF Development Research Fundation – a voluntary organization with track record in the field. 


Mr. S. K. Mitra, ED, NABARD receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Social Impact conferred on NABARD - Wadi from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj

 



Man of the Year- Mr. A. K. Purwar, CMD, State Bank of India

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Mr A K Purwar is the man behind State Bank of India’s successful reengineering over the last three years. He has overseen the transition from a stodgy public sector bank to a tech savvy, global facing bank that although 200 years old has managed to remain relevant to the current generation of real India

Mr. A. K. Purwar, CMD, State Bank of India received the Skoch Challenger Award for  Man of the Year



Replication Projects - Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, Joint Secretary, Department of IT

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A total of six projects have been clubbed under the Replication Projects by Department of Information Technology. These are essentially land record, property registration and transport project that have been organized by the DIT. Though just a little over two years old, started with 10 projects in seven states has already covered 35 projects across 17 states. The coverage spans from Namchi in Sikkim to Kerala to Suni in Himachal Pradesh. Our study shows the replicas to be performing as well as the originals.

Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, Joint Secretary, Department of IT,  receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Replication Projects conferred on Department of IT from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj    



  IT & Development -Mr. Rohit Kumar, Microsoft, India

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Micorsoft’s Project Shiksha tries to combine the spread of e-learning with upgrading the quality of the teachers. The project aims at developing the skills of not just 3.5 million students over five years but also plans to deliver IT literacy and skills development to 80,000 teachers across the country in special IT Academy Centres. So far, 50,000 teachers have already been trained and around fifty times that many students have received e-learning courses. Even the drop out rates are witnessing a decline.

Mr. Rohit Kumar, Microsoft, India receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for IT & Development conferred on Microsoft- Education Initiatives from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj    



Education - Mr. R. L. Mazumdar, AMTRON, Assam

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Rajiv Gandhi Computer Literacy Program (RGCLP) in Assam is implemented in 400 schools covering one lakh fifty thousand students in places even as remote as Majuli, a remote island in Brahamputra. Students are taught Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and English using computers. The facilities in Majuli are as good as those in Guwahati, so are the student aspirations. While a student in Guwahati wants to become an engineer, a Mishing tribal girl in Majuli aspires to become an air-hostess thanks to her English lessons. Implemented state-wide by AMTRON – the project aims to cover the remaining 230 schools soon. 

Mr. R. L. Mazumdar, AMTRON, Assam receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Education conferred on State of Assam- RGCLP from Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sikkim.



 

 

National Significance - G. C. Bharuka, Chairman e- Committee

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Today it has been widely recognized that information and communications technology woeuld be the key to judicial reforms in India. Dr Justice G C Bharuka has been the pioneer in the field. He had, for the first time in India, initiated the process of court computerization as a sitting judge of the Patna High Court in August 1990. After his transfer to Karnataka High Court in 1994, he undertook to introduce ICT in entire judiciary of the State of Karnataka. As a judge and later acting Chief Justice, he was able to transform his ideas and vision into reality. There was complete automation from filing of a case to grant of a certified copy. Digital production of under-trial prisoners by video-conferencing was made possible in all the three court complexes at Bangalore, which was later extended to six more districts in Karnataka. Through the Karnataka website, cause lists of High Court was made available online for the first time in the country. His efforts showed positive results in betterment of the state justice delivery system. The system created by him has subsequently been adopted in different states. In 2004, accepting the Karnataka system as a role model, the union cabinet, on the recommendations of the Chief Justice of India, formed an e-Committee appointing Justice Bharuka as its Chairman. The e-Committee has prepared a National Policy and Action Plan for ICT enablement of the Indian judiciary, which is now under implementation under the guidance and close supervision of Dr Justice Bharuka.

We also acknowledge the contribution of Mr C L M Reddy of NIC in making this entire implementation possible.

Justice G. C. Bharuka, Chairman e- Committee receiving the Skoch Challenger Award conferred on ICT in Judiciary for National Significance category from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj.



  Grassroots Woman of the Year - Smt. Naga Siromani, Rural e-seva entrepreneur,

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Naga Siromani belongs to West Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. She used to sell vegetables to support her family of eight. Now an entrepreneur running an e-Seva Centre she has employed fifteen workers supporting their families. Each employee earns around 5,000 rupees a month. Her center offers services like collection of utility bills and issuing birth and death certificates and so on. The center duplicates as a computer learning school for local school children during after school hours in addition to selling traditional products like lace through the system.

       Smt. Naga Siromani, Rural e-seva entrepreneur,   receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Grassroots Woman of the Year from Mr. Pranjal Sharma, Headlines Today



Grassroots Man of the Year: Mr. N. G. Hegde, NGO-BAIF

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Dr N G Hedge, a Rural Development Specialist with experience in Agroforestry, Wastelands Development and Environmental Education, is the President of BAIF Development Research Foundation. He is committed for sustainable development of rural poor for over twenty years. Notable of his achievements are one such project called Wadi in Vansda in Gujarat that has converted a wasteland into a productive orchard with healthy cashew and mango growth. It has also helped landless labourers become orchard owners, resulting into reverse migration, increase in education levels, prosperity - in turn helping twenty five thousand families become prosperous - all this in just about 10 years. BAIF is implementing water resource management in selected village clusters in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. N. G. Hegde, NGO-BAIF  receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Grassroots Man of the Year from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj    



SME Enabler: Mr. S.K.Aggarwal,  Director - Software Technology Park of India, Noida


India has nearly 3 million SMEs, accounting for over 50 per cent of industrial output and 42 per cent of India’s total export – employing over 50 per cent of India’s workforce. To enable SMEs to overcome their technological backwardness and to have easier access to newer technologies they need to be given conducive environment, in the present context of globalization. STPI in its entrepreneurial role works directly with software companies as a service provider. It provides single window clearance and technology incubators introduced by the Government of India giving much needed thrust to the SMEs. It has also helped SMEs develop an outward focus by increasing access to markets outside the state or even the country; developing new tools for technology transfer and business facilitation.

Mr. S.K.Aggarwal,  Director - Software Technology Park of India, Noida received the Skoch Challenger Award for SME Enabler conferred on Software Technology Park of India
 


Rural Delivery Systems: Mr. N. Vijayaditya ,Director General, NIC

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With around 3,000 people in the National Informatics Centre, Director General Dr N Vijayaditya has ensured India is the only country in the world that can declare election results in a country as large as India within a few hours of voting. An ordinary citizen is now in a position to get his property registered within an hour and even collect the certificate, very often the same day. Spread from remote Namchi and Temi in mountainous terrains of Sikkim in the East to the treacherous hilltops of Uttaranchal in the North, NIC has been delivering uninterrupted services like online examination results, commodity prices, employment notices. .

Mr. N. Vijayaditya ,Director General, NIC receiving the Skoch Challenger Award for Rural Delivery Systems from Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyer, Honorable Minister of Panchayati Raj


Editor’s Choice: Mr. D.C. Misra, NIC

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NIC has constituted the Panchayat Informatics Division to support the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in its automation exercise as well as coordinate with the states for successful implementation of e-Governance in Panchayati Raj Institutions. e-Panchayat has already been rolled out in 25 districts in Andhra Pradesh; soon to cover 470 districts. As may as 11 states have started e-governance implementation process. NIC has also developed a Fund Transfer Software that facilitates direct transfer of grants to PRIs leading to transparency in fund allocation receipt and release

Mr. D.C. Misra, NIC receiving the Skoch Challenger Award conferred on Panchayati Raj for Editor’s Choice category from Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sikkim

Editor’s Choice:AGMARKNET

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Agricultural Marketing Information Network – AGMARKNET - links up 750 mandis, 75 State Agricultural Marketing Boards and Directorates in the country and provides online information on prices of over 300 major commodities - another 2000 mandis will be connected in two years and balance 4000 in 3-4 years. Farmers can access these rates from the Mandi itself or from the nearest Community Information Centre if located in difficult mountainous terrain. AGMARKNET has played a catalytic role in ushering in market led agricultural extension in India.

Mr. M. Moni, DDG, NIC and Dr. N. Vijayaditya, DG, NIC receiving the Skoch Challenger Award conferred on AGMARKNET for Editor’s Choice category from Mr. O. T. Lepcha, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sikkim