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Kalam awards 2018: 40 bureaucrats from all over India honoured

By Vikas

The second edition of Kalam Innovations in Governance Awards (KIGA) 2018 and its summit was held on Saturday at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. Minister of State for Textiles Ajay Tamta and Desh Deepak Verma, IAS (Retd.) Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha felicitated the awardees.

 Kalam Innovations in Governance Awards (KIGA) 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi

Srijan Pal Singh, summit convener and CEO of Dr. A.P. J. Abdul Kalam Centre said that the idea of Dr. Kalam Innovation in Governance Awards is to create agile governance which could define the mega trends of the 21st century India.

"This will be multi-sectorial and people-centric so that India can not only be an economic superpower but also a socially inclusive and sustainable society," he added.

The summit is dedicated to vision and mission of Dr. Kalam. The summit was attended by 300 officers of various services, civil services society and selected meritorious students from all over India. It is a platform to showcase, ideate, develop and award innovations in various aspects of governance including Education, Healthcare, Security, Public Service Delivery, Environment, Technology, Distress Management, Energy and Fundamental Human Rights.

Anuradha Mall (IAS), CEO of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority was awarded for her exceptional contribution in the area of women empowerment. Manisha Chandra, an eminent IAS Officer and the Director of Women and Children Development Department in Gujarat, was also awarded. Avantika Singh, Govt official in Administrative Dept. Gujarat, was given the award for her distinguished services and contribution.

Anuj Dayal, Executive Director (Corporation Communications), DMRC was given the award for his constant efforts to build and sustain the DMRC brand both nationally and internationally. Kundan Kumar, District Collector of Banka (Bihar), was awarded for his project "Jal Sanchay" which focuses on water conservation in Nalanda in Bihar.

Speaking at the award function, Tamta said, "I congratulate all the awardees for their exemplary contribution towards the society. Dr Kalam was one person who always thought and did what is best for our nation. We should encourage our youth towards innovation to follow Dr Kalam's ideology. I congratulate Kalam Centre and Srijan Pal for keeping the spirit and ideologies of Dr Kalam."

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Summit on Innovation in Governance is an international conclave of policy makers, civil service officers, NGOs, media and academia who are dedicated to the task of governance and its dimensions. It is a step in the direction of exploring how can cutting edge technology, 21st century management and out-of-box thinking, transform the role and impact of governance in India and across the world. This features discussions and studies on various national and global examples of transformational governance for the betterment of the people. The Summit also features the Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance to be presented to selected individuals and institutions for their exemplary work in improving governance and delivering value to the citizens.

The summit is dedicated to the 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015), who is renowned for his unique and innovative leadership style in over five decades of service in various government positions, including the President of India from 2002-07.

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