New Delhi: DigiThane, an ambitious digital platform project by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) and Thane Smart City, which is based on Israeli technology, has received the prestigious ‘Skoch National Golden’ Award. The award was handed over recently at a glittering function held in New Delhi.
The first citizen engagement platform in the country, ‘DigiThane’ was launched on the basis of Israel-based technology. The award function took place at the Constitution Club of India’ in the national capital.
TMC’s Deputy Municipal Commissioner Omprakash Divate received the award.
Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal implemented the project after he visited Israel and studied the programme.
The application was an interactive connection between the local administration and the residents. Under his leadership, the programme was customised for India and launched as DigiThane, India’s first citizen engagement platform.
With ‘DigiThane’ receiving an overwhelming response in Thane city, many corporations from other parts of the country are coming forward to replicate the data-based citizen-centric governance model.
The award was instituted by Skoch Group. The group had recently organised a summit which was attended by officials of various states and cities. Every year, the Skoch Group gives away the national award in the field of environment, smart city and other areas by evaluating their work.
The stringent evaluation norms take various components like the evaluation of the project on the basis of its presentation which is done before a designated jury.
The summit had various presentation sessions, exhibitions and symposiums between the representatives and experts.
More than 1,000 projects across the country participated. ‘DigiThane’, with its unique engagement model through various activities for students, senior citizens, youths etc, received the ‘Skoch National Golden’ award.
The jury applauded the effort of the TMC to move towards participatory governance through 100+ surveys by the citizens conducted in just over a year.
The Digi Thane project is getting a good response from the people.
Through this platform, there is a direct communication between the citizens and the civic administration.
The Union Urban Development Department has taken note of this project and has recommended that it should be implemented throughout the country.
A special meeting is going to be held on September 16 in Varanasi, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.
This project is going also going to be started in Varanasi.
‘DigiThane’ has been honoured at the national level. This is a proud moment for Thane city. Till date, 1.7 lakh citizens have connected through this platform. The citizens have been using it widely and wisely and it has helped the project to receive this honour. I am sure that in future, more and more Thane citizens will connect to the platform and help us to make decisions based on citizens’ data.
— Sanjeev Jaiswal, Thane Municipal Commissioner