The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, conferred Digital India Awards 2020 via video conferencing in a virtual awards ceremony with participation from multiple locations including Rashtrapati Bhawan & Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi along with four other locations - Bhopal, Chennai, Kolkata and Patna.
The awards ceremony was graced by the presence of Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Law & Justice, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Shri Ajay Sawhney, Secretary (MeitY), Ms. Jyoti Arora, Special Secretary & Financial Adviser (MeitY), Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Secretary (MeitY), Dr. Neeta Verma, Director General National Informatics Centre (NIC) and other Government officers from various Central, State & District offices.
The President in his speech congratulated all the 24 winning teams and appreciated the role of officials and technical teams at various levels for ensuring continuity of Government services and operations during the COVID-19 pandemic; and for enriching the country with unique technology Innovations in public service delivery.
He said that the Digital India Awards reflect the overall vision of the government to empower citizens to achieve their aspirations and make India a digital superpower.
He mentioned, “It will not be an overstatement to say that the Coronavirus has changed the world in terms of social relations, economic activities, health care, education and several other aspects of life. India was not only prepared to minimise the adverse impact of mobility-restrictions, but also utilized the crisis as an opportunity to march ahead in various arenas. It was possible only because the digital infrastructure has been strengthened in recent years. “