First Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards: Full list of winners

The award-winning District Magistrates with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Jitendra Singh; also in the frame are Express Group Chairman Viveck Goenka and Executive Director Anant Goenka. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Sixteen district magistrates from across the country were felicitated for their work at the first The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards Wednesday evening. The awards were handed across 16 categories ranging from Agriculture to Education and Technology to Women Development. The winners were chosen from 249 entries received from 84 districts in 24 states.

As many as five Union Ministers were present to celebrate the awards Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that while an audit of performance is important, a good officer can make miracles . SEE PHOTOS HERE.

The winners were chosen from 249 entries received from 84 districts in 24 states. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Below is the full list of winners:

Kartikeya Misra

East Godavari (AP)
Skill Development

Under the Kaushal Godavari project, 16,000 youths have found jobs from tribal girls working at Foxconn in Nellore to young priests getting offers from a temple in Dallas.

Sandeep Nanduri

Tirunelveli (TN)
Implementation of Central Schemes

A drainage system in parched Pulankulam village to process waste water has led to over 100 soak pits being built 32,000 litres can be treated a day.

Chief Editor, The Indian Express, Raj Kamal Jha addressed the audience on Wednesday. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Ayyaj Tamboli

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh)

In two years, new operation theaters, a maternal and neo-natal care centre with 50 beds have been set up at the district hospital, which now conducts over 300 surgeries.

Astik Kumar Pandey

Akola (Maharashtra)
Community Involvement

A three-month citizen movement to clean the Morna river involved 28,000 local residents who removed 19,300 water hyacinths and 8,440 plastic

The special guests were Nitin Gadkari, Union Transport Minister; Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs; Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice; Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways; and Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (Independent charge) (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Raj Kr Yadav

South Sikkim
NorthEast Districts

Six-month pilot project in Rong Gram Panchayat led to six schools being overhauled with a range of measures: Infrastructure, mid-day meals, smart classes and career-counselling.

Vivek Yadv

Vizianagaram (AP)

Initiative to convert traditional energy resources to alternative methods led to solar panels at the collector’s office, a 1MW solar plant and LEDs across the district for street lighting.

Dr A Sharath

Jagtial (Telangana)

Under Uttejam to tackle poor pass rates in schools, extra one-hour classes before and after schools were started. For two straight years, Jagtial recorded the highest SSC pass rate.

Navi Mumbai’s Tukaram Mundhe won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Technology Implementation category. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Tukaram Mundhe

Navi Mumbai
Technology Implementation

Integrated Intelligent Transport System (IITS) brought down complaints of buses skipping stops, route violations, and overspeeding or underspeeding by 50 per cent.

Dr Prashant Bholanath Narnaware

Osamanabad (Maharashtra)

In an area known for high number of farmers suicides, Krushi Kranti ensured financial aid under schemes and turned villages into floriculture centres.

Osmanabad’s Dr. Prashant Bholanath Narnaware won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Agriculture category. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

C R Kharsan

Valsad (Gujarat)
Inclusive Innovation

In 2016, over 26 lives were lost in floods. The early warning system, E-Megh, ensured zero deaths by 2018. It includes real-time data, auto-generated calls, SMSes and flood maps.

Kartikeya Misra

East Godavari (AP)
Left-Wing Extremism District

Digital connectivity through Google s X Fsoc technology and the state’s fibre grid network has connected seven tribal villages with the outside world.

Kullu’s Rakesh Kanwar won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Social Welfare category. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Rakesh Kanwar

Kullu (HP)
Social Welfare

A garbage dumping site is now a nature park on the banks of the Beas river at 1250m above sea level. The garbage was buried while better soil was transported from 5 km away.

Dr Madhavi Khode Chaware

Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Child Development

In tribal ashram schools, the Jiwhala regimen provided video and reading material to help boys and girls know their rights and speak up against any abuse.

Nagpur’s Dr. Madhavi Khode Chaware won the Excellence in Governance Award in the Child Development category. (Express photo/Abhinav Saha)

Ashish Saxena

Jhabua (MP)
Woman Development

Sathidar Abhiyan empowered women and children, with officials meeting tribal leaders to end the reverse dowry system under which the bride’s family was paid money.

Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary

Udhampur (J&K)
J&K Districts

Project Rahat provided connectivity in villages, with 170 bridges providing access to 327 schools and 183 ration depots.

Dr S Lakhmanan

Cachar (Assam)
Border Districts

Debo Na Nebo Na (Won t Give, Won t Take), an anti-corruption movement logged 13,075 complaints though calls, 30,000 through drop-boxes and 472 through an app.