Government RTI-CMM gets award

Bhubaneswar: State Government`s RTI Central Monitoring Mechanism (RTI-CMM) has topped the `Best Government Portal` category in the national awards on e-governance for 2011-12.

RTI-CMM (www.rtiorissa.gov.in), implemented by Information and Public Relations Department, won the annual award instituted by the Union Government for outstanding performance e-governance initiatives.

Nikunja K Sundaray, Principal Secretary, I & PR Department, received the award from Governor M C Bhandare along with the director and team members at the valedictory ceremony of two-day 15th National Conference on e-Governance here on Friday.

The selection for the award was made after a three-round screening process including field visit and presentation before jury members at New Delhi, a press release said.
The award is given every year to recognise and promote excellence in implementation of e-governance initiatives.

Addressing the valedictory function, Bhandare said e-governance would help in improving the quality of governance. The state witnessed a series of changes in 2009 in view of implementation of Right to Information Act, 2005 when RTI Central Monitoring Mechanism (RTI-CMM) was launched. Since its implementation, the system has connected more than 4652 offices into this single network of RTI CMM, official sources said.