Hyderabad: In a major milestone achieved by the youngest district of Telangana, Narayanpet pipped the more ‘veteran’ contenders, by walking away with three coveted Skoch merit awards. Two of them were for implementation of Palle Pragathi program in gram panchayats while the third has been in recognition of its efforts to convert all mandal and district-level offices into e-offices.
The best part of it is that the district administration will complete one year of establishment only on February 17.

The awards were received by District Collector S Venkata Rao from NITI Aayog member and Chairman of Prime Ministers Economic Advisory Council, Bibek Debroy.

The Palle Pragathi initiative was launched to ensure maintenance of sanitation and cleanliness in gram panchayats. Taking a step forward, Narayanpet launched an app in September to monitor the initiative’s development and implementation. Inspectors were encouraged to conduct surprise checks and raids at different gram panchayats every Wednesday. The field-bound officers receive a message on the app about the villages and panchayats to be visited on that particular day.

Once they report their findings on the app, the Collector takes stock of the situation. It is only the district officers who are empowered to mark the ‘completed’ remark.

The determination of the administration has been such that in a matter of eight months, all district and mandal-level offices have been made paperless, thanks to the establishment of e-offices at every stage of administration.
Mr Venkata Rao, expressing his happiness, said “It is a delightful moment that such exalted recognition has come to us in our very first year. Not one to rest content, we will be going about consolidation of inspection schedules besides eliciting people’s feedback on the app.”
Other than Narayanpet, Kamareddy district also secured three National Water Awards.
Skoch awards, which recognise digital, financial and social excellence, were initiated in 2003. It is the highest honour in the country granted by an independent organization.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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