BHUBANESWAR: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation's e-governance delivery system for citizens has drawn national attention.
Sam Pitroda, who is special advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations, has selected Bhubaneswar for Janaagraha Urban G2C (government-to-citizen) Awards. Also among the shortlisted are 28 domestic and seven international cities. Pitroda is the jury head.
"We were surprised after we got an invite to receive the award on October 31. Our revamped website delivers high-quality e-governance to citizens," said Sanjib Kumar Mishra, commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC). Mayor A N Jena will attend the function and receive the award.
Though the website, www.bmc.gov.in, was launched long back, it got a facelift in March 2011. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation engaged CSM Technologies Private Limited to redevelop the website.
"Website is the face of any organization. We have added a host of citizen-centric features, online services and grievance addressal mechanism on the website," said Siddharth Pujari, principal consultant of IT-PMU, BMC's information technology project management unit.
The parameters considered during selection are transparency and accountability, online services, citizen voice, user experience and website outcomes. A four-member jury, headed by Pitroda, evaluated the e-governance system of BMC.
Bangalore-based voluntary organization Janaagraha, working on urban transformation in India, will present the award to those cities for developing citizen-centric websites in New Delhi.