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Express Governance Awards: Honouring the finest District Magistrates in India

A total of 16 district magistrates were awarded on Wednesday at The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards, a biennial event that celebrates the finest work done by the women and men at the forefront of governance and change across the country.

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The 16 DMs who have been awarded The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards. The EIG Award winners are: Tukaram Mundhe (Navi Mumbai), Kartikeya Misra (East Godavari), Astik Kumar Pandey (Akola), Ayyaj Tamboli (Bijapur), Sandeep Nanduri (Tirunelveli), Dr. A Sharath (Jagtial), Ashish Saxena (Jhabua), Dr. Madhavi Khode Chaware (Nagpur), Rakesh Kanwar (Kullu), Vivek Yadav (Vizianagaram), CR Kharsan (Valsad), Dr. Prashant Bholanath Narnaware (Osmanabad), Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary (Udhampur), Dr. S. Lakhmanan (Cachar), Raj Kr. Yadav (South Sikkim) (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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The winners were chosen from 249 entries received from 84 districts in 24 states. An eminent jury, headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and comprising Wajahat Habibullah, former chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities and the first Chief Information Commissioner of India, Nirupama Rao, India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009 to 2011 who was also India’s Ambassador to the United States and China, and K M Chandrasekhar, former Cabinet Secretary, chose the winners. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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Chief Editor, The Indian Express, Raj Kamal Jha began the award ceremony with his address. "The DMs we celebrate today and they are here right now, they live and work far away from where we are this evening, in ways more than geographic distance. But when we celebrate their work, we celebrate it with people.." he said. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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The winning entries included projects like a cluster of solar panels installed on a hillock as an alternate energy source; a neo-natal unit in the heart of Maoist territory and an anti-corruption drive along the international border. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressing at the award ceremony. Prasad, who gave out a set of awards to the winners, underlined that the District Magistrate has now become the meaning of good governance. While congratulating The Indian Express group to acknowledge the good work of governance, he said this honour will motivate DMs to carry on with their tasks with more vigour. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director, The Express Group said, "EIGAwards is a new vehicle to tell a whole new set of stories." (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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Former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha addressing at the event. He headed the jury comprising other eminent members, to choose the winners. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

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The awards for outstanding work across 16 categories were given to the District Magistrates by five Union Ministers, who were special guests at the event. (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)

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Kullu's Rakesh Kanwar won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Social Welfare category. His initiative of turning a garbage dumping site into a nature park was meticulously planned. (Express photo: Abhinav Saha)

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Osmanabad's Dr. Prashant Bholanath Narnaware won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Agriculture category. While several changes were brought in under the Krushi Kranti project, one of those really changed the perception of farmers. (Express photo: Abhinav Saha)

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Navi Mumbai's Tukaram Mundhe won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Technology Implementation category. Before the initiative, there were 35,000 cases of skipping the bus stops in March 2017. Now, it has been reduced by almost 50 percent. (Express photo: Abhinav Saha)

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Nagpur's Dr. Madhavi Khode Chaware won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Child Development category. The thought behind this initiative is to empower children and sensitize the school administration about their responsibilities. (Express photo: Abhinav Saha)

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The special guests were Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport Minister; Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice; Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways; and Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent charge) (Express Photo by Abhinav Saha)