I&B Ministry wins Platinum Icon award for Comprehensive Web presence

NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has been awarded the Platinum icon award for Comprehensive Web presence in the Web Ratna Awards 2014.


The award was conferred by Communications & Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to R. Jaya, Joint Secretary on behalf of I&B Secretary Bimal Julka along with the New Media Wing team of the Ministry. C&IT Ministry Secretary R S Sharma was also present. 


The award was presented to the Ministry for having a significant presence on all social media sites, which makes it accessible for users through multiple online platforms. The website follows GIGW guidelines. It caters to the information needs of various stakeholders by providing access to all the policies and guidelines issued by the Ministry.


The home page of MIB website has timestamp, giving last update details. The website has a dedicated Hindi version besides regular English version. The portal has a Google enabled search facility to search within the HTML content. The website is based on Content Management System (CMS). 


Prasad called for a collective approach of related Government departments to create a friendly outlook, after presenting the the IIIrd Web Ratna Awards. He said “Digital India” initiative is fundamentally aimed at making Government more people friendly and to bridge the gap between haves and have not through digital empowerment. 


He said that the Government was shortly coming out with “Open Software Policy” to further the process of transparency and credibility in administration. The Department of Posts and Common Service Centers, with presence in nearly four lakh centers, are being deployed to further empower less privileged people by digitalization.


He said with the internet penetration reaching 30 crore, India is only next to China in terms of reach and this number is all set to touch 50 crore in couple of years, India is all set to digitally transform the society.


Web Ratna Awards have been instituted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, acknowledges unique initiatives/practices of various states/UTs in the realm of e-governance. The Government has been bracing for innovation and transformation in delivery of information/services with adoption of best ICT practices.


Web Ratna Awards recognize these e-governance initiatives and were instituted to appreciate and acknowledge the initiatives and contributions of individuals & institutions and their innovations, which have empowered the Government in achieving the vision of good governance. Web Ratna Awards was instituted in the year 2009.


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