Haryana government’s e-governance project — Antyodaya Saral — won the Digital India Awards 2020 under the category — Excellence in Digital Governance — State/UT. The award is scheduled to be conferred on December 30 by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Antyodaya Saral is government to citizen focused public service delivery online platform that can be used to apply for over 549 schemes and services of the state government. Currently, services from 40 departments, boards and corporations are being provided with the help of Common Service Centre (CSC) and 117 Antyodaya Saral Kendras.
According to officials, Antyodaya Saral portal — saralharyana.gov.in — receives more than 5.5 lakh applications every month. Besides, citizens are sent more than 20 lakh proactive SMSes per month informing them about the status of their applications.
A citizen can also find the status of application via the online portal, similar to how they would track the status of an e-commerce order.
This project had also bagged ‘Gold Award’ in the category of ‘Excellence in providing Citizen-centric Delivery’ at the 23rd National Awards ceremony for e-Governance in February 2020.
The Digital India Awards, instituted under the aegis of the National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions and thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.
This year jury included senior government officials from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), NIC, STQC, NeGD, Data Security Council of India, IIT Delhi, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Scientist-G & DDG, NIC Alka Mishra was the Member Convener for this year awards.