State bags top e-governance award

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Divas on Sunday, the state bagged top e-governance award for its e-governance initiative and for monitoring utilisation of funds at the panchayat level.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the award and a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to Panchayati Raj department in recognition of the automation in the panchayat accounting system introduced by the state and the transparency in the financial transaction at panchayat level.

Besides, the award was for decentralizing local governments and implementing 6,540 panchayati raj institutions (PRI) online accounts and imparting training to as many as 15, 000 PRI officials.