New Delhi: Union Minister for Telecommunications and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad called for collective approach of related Government Departments to create a friendly outlook. Speaking at the IIIrd Web Ratna Awards ceremony, he said “Digital India” initiative is fundamentally aimed at making Government more people friendly and to bridge the gap between haves’ and have not through digital empowerment. He said the Government is shortly coming out with “Open Software Policy to further the process of transparency and credibility in Government administration. The Department of Posts and Common Service Centers with presence in nearly four lakh centers are being deployed to further empower less privileged people by digitalization. He said with the internet penetration of 30 crore reached India is only next to China in terms of reach and this number is all set to touch 50 crore in couple of years, India is all set to digitally transform the society.
Web Ratna Awards since its inception has played a major role in recognizing the noteworthy and sustainable initiatives in the realm of e-Governance for better delivery of information and services. At the same time Web Ratna Awards have reestablished itself as an important platform to disseminate information about such path breaking initiatives, encouraging others to customize and replicate the successful solutions. Web Ratna Awards through its unique initiative has contributed to the overall increase in quality and quantity of web presence of various government departments across the country. Most importantly, it has created an atmosphere for further innovation in the web based services sphere promoting and encouraging Government Departments/Ministries and States to come out with their best.