Digital India Awards 2016 Chance to

By | June 24, 2016

How to Get Digital India Awards ?

Govt of India excited to inform you that the call for Nomination to Digital India Awards 2016 (earlier known as WebRatna Awards) has just been announced! This new avatar of WebRatna reflects the overall vision of making India a Digital Superpower, the focus is on the digital initiatives and citizen engagement.

What is Digital India Awards (web Ratna awards) ?

The Digital India programme is a flagship programme of the Government of India with a
vision to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
National portal acts as a comprehensive one-stop source of government information
and service delivery; it’s a common gateway for over 8000 Indian government web sites. Indian Government has been among st the front-runners in taking initiatives to adopt best practices in integrated delivery of information and services, to achieve ICT led development in the country. Today, almost every Government department is trying to leverage upon the benefits of ICT to provide better services to the common citizen. An endeavour like the National Portal provides an ideal front-end for these initiatives as the citizen gets to access diverse services and information from a single point. National portal of India has a vision to promote more and more engaging eGovernance initiatives and to give due recognition to the exemplary efforts in this direction, the Digital India Awards have been instituted under the ambit of the National Portal of India, The award aims not only to recognise the noteworthy and sustainable initiatives in the realm of e-Governance but also to disseminate information about such initiatives for others to customize and replicate the success stories.

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Digital India aims to prepare India for a knowledge future; it is envisaged to transform India into digital empowered society and knowledge economy. The Digital India vision provides the intensified impetus for further momentum and progress for e-Governance and would promote inclusive growth that covers electronic services, products, devices, manufacturing and job opportunities.

National Portal of India ‘’, has been designed & developed by the National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Government of India as a Mission Mode Project. The Portal provides single window access to information and services being provided by different entities of the Indian Government at various levels.The National Portal provides a unified interface to over 8000 Indian Government websites and acts as a logical front-end to e-Governance initiatives.

Most Innovative Citizen Engagement
In a democratic system, citizen participation is one of the key components
of decision making process. The Award aims to honour initiatives
taken by Government entities which have leveraged the use of ICT to
solicit active engagement of public in the process of governance. The
winning entries should display relevance of context, multiple modes of
participation, involvement of stakeholders and innovative use of ICT,
both for response acquisition as well as for analysis of inputs received

Web Ratna – MINISTRY / DEPT.
The Award shall felicitate a Ministry or Department of the Government
of India which has a comprehensive web presence and display the
level of accountability in terms of quantity, quality, spectrum of
coverage, innovation and performance report ascertaining user
satisfaction. Level of convenience provided to the citizen for availing
the services, usability and accessibility would also be assessed

Web Ratna District
To reward the accomplishments of the District administration which
has displayed exemplary focus on providing online services and
information to the citizens . Entries must display the level of convenience
provided to the citizen for availing the services in terms of
accessibility, quantity, service maturity and spectrum of coverage in
order to ascertain user satisfaction in its web based information &
service delivery initiative.

Web Ratna – STATE / UT
The Award aims to acknowledge the State/UT of India for displaying
exemplary initiative in establishing comprehensive web presence and
display the level of accountability in terms of quantity, quality,
spectrum of coverage, innovation and performance report ascertaining
user satisfaction. Level of convenience provided to the citizen for
availing the services, usability and accessibility would also be assessed

Exemplary Online Service
The Award shall felicitate those ICT based services by a Government
Department (Central/State) which have displayed exemplary citizen
focus, reach, scope and innovation in approach. The service should
have effectively contributed to enhancement in efficiency, productivity
as well as in imparting transparency and accountability in the
governance process. The winning entries should display extent of
service maturity and the convenience provided to the citizen for
availing the services.

Outstanding Digital initiative by Local body
The Award aims to felicitate outstanding Local Body initiative with a
focus on providing exemplary information quality, extent of services
provisioning by assessing the service maturity level, service catalogue,
transparency, cost effectiveness and efficiency enhancement in terms of
service delivery. The entries would also be assessed on the level of
convenience or empowerment provided to the citizen through the

Best Mobile App
India is going mobile. More people today are accessing the internet on
their phone than ever before. The Award aims to honour the Best
Mobile App launched by a Government entity. Nominated app should
have well designed and intuitive mobile interface. The entry should
also display ease of use and personalisation features. Usability, content
organisation and availability on multiple platforms will be considered.
Back end dashboards and analytics functionality are desirable

Open Data Champion
To acknowledge proactive release of resources(datasets/apps) in an
Open/Machine readable format, on the Open Government Data (OGD)
Platform (, by the ministries/ depts./ organizations/
states in compliance with the National Data Sharing and Accessibility
Policy (NDSAP). The selection criteria includes overall consumption of
resources by public at large with respect to their ratings, views, downloads
etc. Potential usage of such datasets for development of Apps to
deliver citizen services innovatively would be an added advantage


Central Government Ministries/Departments/ Offices/ Institutions, State Government Departments/ Offices/ Institutions, District Administrations and Indian Missions Abroad are eligible to apply for the Digital India Awards. A project may be nominated for more than one category. The Digital India Awards aim at encouraging Government entities, which have made significant contributions towards the implementation of e-Governance and shown an exemplary & innovative approach to achieve administrative efficiency and transparency.

For submitting your nominations, log on to

All entries should be submitted online in the prescribed performa. The nomination should be supported by an Authorisation Certificate as per the prescribed format, duly signed by the respective nominating authority. A scanned copy of the certificate should be submitted online and original to be sent by post to the National Portal Secretariat

National Portal Secretariat
3rd Floor, National Informatics Centre
A-Block, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi – 110 003 INDIA
Phone: +91-11-24363692
Fax: 91-11-24368854

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