At the Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards today, 16 district magistrates were awarded for their outstanding work at the forefront of governance and change across the country.
The awards for outstanding work across 16 categories that range from Agriculture to Education and Technology to Women Development were handed out by five Union Ministers, who are special guests at the event.
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways; and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology; and Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent charge), Development of North Eastern Region, Minister of State in the PMO; Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; and Departments of Atomic Energy and Space gave away the awards.
Among the winners are Kartikeya Misra (Skill Development and Left-wing extremism district), Sandeep Nanduri (Implementation of Central schemes), Ayyaj Tamboli (Health), Astik Kumar Pandey (Community Involvement), Raj Kr. Yadav (North East districts), Vivek Yadav (Energy), Dr. A.Sharath (Education), Tukaram Mundhe (Technology Implementation), Dr. Prashant Bholanath Narnaware (Agriculture), C. R. Kharsan (Inclusive Innovation), Rakesh Kanwar (Social Welfare), Dr. Madhavi Khode Chaware (Child Development), Ashish Saxena (Women Development), Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary (Jammu and Kashmir districts), and Dr. S. Lakhmanan (Border districts).
These biennial awards are given to the most innovative solutions to governance challenges at the district level across the country and capture the widest range of what excellence in governance means – ideation, implementation and innovation.