Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday conferred awards for excellence in government departments for nine well-executed innovative ideas such as the Income Tax department’s integrated data management system and “Project Arrow” of the Department of Posts (DoP).
Singh presented the “PM Award for Excellence in Public Administration” for outstanding initiatives at a function to mark the Civil Service Day.
Project Arrow was aimed at transforming India Post into a vibrant and responsive organisation that would offer a single window facility for banking, money remittances and other financial services including social and civic initiatives such as old age pension and employment guarantee scheme.
“We wanted to make the post office a window to the world for common man,” explained Jyotiraditya Scindia, who had envisaged the project as minister of state for communications and IT in April 2008. Scindia is minister of state for commerce and industries in UPA II.
The project that started with 50 post offices in August 2008 has already been expanded to more than 1,000 post offices.
Besides the DoP — that was the only department to win an award in the organisation category — Singh also conferred the award on the Central Board of Direct Taxes team led by S.S. Khan for creating the Integrated Tax Payer Data Management System, a data mining tool that would scan the existing database to detect tax evasion and linkages between different tax
The implementation of the ST and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 in Madhya Pradesh and computerisation of Paddy Procurement and Public Distribution System in Chhattisgarh won the other two awards in the group category.