Kumar Meshram – IAS, Commissioner commercial Tax department, Uttar Pradesh (UP) receiving coveted Platinum Icon Award from Ravi Shankar Prasad Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Law and Justice
Although many Indian states are completely E-governed or completely online, but Mukesh Kumar Meshram – IAS, Commissioner commercial Tax department, Uttar Pradesh (UP) won prestigious “Platinum Icon Award”. The first season of digital India awards which were earlier known as “WebRatna Awards”. The award won by (VYAS) Vanijyakar Automation System for Department of Commercial Taxes, UP headed by Meshram.
The award ceremony was held at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on 19th December, 2016. Ravi Shankar Prasad Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Law and Justice in the presence of P P Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology, Law and Justice felicitated the winners in august gathering.
Twenty eight awards were given under eight categories. The Hon’ble Minister later released the awards compendium containing the details about the award winning initiatives. The other winners were Commercial Tax Department of Gujrat for E- Permit in Gold Icon category whereas Punjab Bureau of investment promotion for One Stop Clearance won Silver Icon award.
The award facilitated those ICT based services by government departments (Central/State) which have displayed exemplary citizen focus, reach, scope and innovation in approach. The service should have effectively contributed to enhancement in efficiency, productivity as well as in imparting transparency and accountability in the governance process. The winning entries displayed extent of service maturity and the convenience provided to the citizen for availing the services.
Mukesh Kumar Meshram IAS, Commissioner Commercial Tax Department UP beamingly said “There is misconception in people’s mind that UP is lagging behind in e-governance. The platinum award is answer to those who thinks in this line. We have implemented online services in the department of commercial taxes in a big way to reduce manual interface and ensure the concept of ease of doing business. We have instructed all the departmental officers to adhere to transparency at all time”.
Meshram further added “I have given clear cut instruction to all additional and joint commissioners about initiatives in the area of E-govnance through the effective use of information, communication and technology. To ensure that there is a single window access to all persons by seamlessly integrating services, to be digitally transformed for improving ease of doing business”.
He further elaborated “I have also instructed to form WhatsApp group of local journalists who covers the commercial beats and should be updated to highlights governments views and policies instantly. This would make people know about government’s policy and initiative promptly. If any negative article is published or broadcasted by any media, it needs to be looked in to thoroughly. If it is found to be wrong, rejoinder should be sent to them to correct the news. If there is a substance and truth in the article, it should be thoroughly investigated and corrective measures should be initiated. The action taken also should be sent to commissioner and government”.
Report: Sitaram Mewati