Janaagraha Awards: Odisha is best in urban governance

Fri, 2021-01-15 14:43 -- SCC India Staff

Janaagraha Awards

Odisha took home the Best State and the Best Civic Agency award, while Gujarat took home the Best State Election Commission and Kerala the Best State Finance Commission. Indore for its PPP Based Integrated Solid Waste Management took home the Best Municipality at Janaagraha City Governance Awards. Meanwhile, Maharashtra won runners-up in four of the five award categories.

Held in memory of V Ramachandran, a doyen of decentralization, the awards recognize ground-breaking work in decentralization in urban context by institutions across government. The awards were conferred in a virtual ceremony by Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri.

Delivering the keynote address, Puri said that cooperative and competitive federalism are in-built into the design and execution of various schemes and missions. “My Ministry is clear that only a partnership between citizens, municipalities, states and MoHUA can deliver transformative urban change in this country.”

Odisha won the Best State for its JAGA Mission under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Meanwhile, the Best Civic Agency was awarded to Piped Water Supply Scheme for all Urban Households, Public Health Engineering Organisation, Odisha. G Mathivathanan, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Odisha, received the awards for both the categories.

Kerala’s Fourth State Finance Commission was feted for its recommendations on participatory governance and robust data ecosystem decentralization.

Indore Municipal Corporation was feted with the Best Municipality award for its PPP Based Integrated Solid Waste Management.

Winners of 2nd Edition of Janaagraha City Governance Awards

Best State

  • Winner - JAGA Mission, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Government of Odisha
  • 1st Runner-Up – Decentralization of Plan Approvals, Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra
  • 2nd Runner-Up – Geo-spatial Mapping of Urban Properties, Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration Department, Government of Telangana

Best Municipality

  • Winner – PPP Based Integrated Solid Waste Management, Indore Municipal Corporation
  • 1st Runner Up - My City Beautiful City, Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation
  • 2nd Runner Up - GIS Based Property Tax Administration System, Raipur Municipal Corporation
  • Honourable Mention - Zero Waste Initiative, Kollam Municipal Corporation
  • Honourable Mention - Decentralized Solid Waste Management, Vellore Municipal Corporation
  • Honourable Mention - Decentralized Solid Waste Management, Petlad Municipality

Best Civic Agency

  • Winner – Piped Water Supply Scheme for all Urban Households, Public Health Engineering Organisation, Odisha
  • 1st Runner-Up – Municipal E-Governance Project, Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company
  • 2nd Runner-Up – Integrated Transport Management System, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport
  • Honourable Mention – E-Platform and ERP System, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority

Best State Election Commission

  • Winner - E-Voting, Gujarat State Election Commission
  • 1st Runner-Up – Bifurcation of Assembly Rolls and Digitization of Local Body Voter List, Maharashtra State Election Commission
  • 2nd Runner-Up- E-Election Software, Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission

Best State Finance Commission

  • Winner - Kerala 4th State Finance Commission
  • 1st Runner-Up - Bihar 5th State Finance Commission
  • 2nd Runner-Up - Maharashtra 4th State Finance Commission