Kerala CM Oommen Chandy Receives UN Public Service Award

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Oommen Chandy Receives United Nations Public Service Award

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 28th June 2013 received the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award for his mass contact programme initiative. The award was presented at a function held in Bahrain by United Nations Under Secretary General Wu Hongbo.

The UN Public Service Awards are given in five categories :

  • Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service.
  • Improving the Delivery of Public Services.
  • Fostering participation in public policy decision making through innovative mechanisms.
  • Promoting Whole – of – Government Approaches in the Information Age.
  • Promoting Gender – Responsive Delivery of Public Services.

Chandy bagged the first place in the category Preventing and Combating Corruption in the public. He received the award for the mass contact programme conducted by him in 2011 after becoming the Chief Minister for the second time.

A total of 5.5 lakh petitions were received in 2011, of which three lakh were resolved. Financial assistance of 22.68 crore was given to the people during the programme.

The highlight of his mass contact programme was that the problems of the people could be directly communicated to the Chief Minister without any intermediary.

Since 2003, UN has been giving the award as part of its programme for Public Service Day, observed on 23rd June, 2013. The awards, instituted through a UN resolution, are announced after a three-tier scrutiny and detailed examination.

The shortlisted candidates are examined by a seven – member sub – committee of UN’s Committee of Experts in Public Administration.

Evaluation criteria for the awards include transparency, mechanisms to increase public’s ability to seek and receive information in a timely manner and monitoring and analyzing government decision-making and processes.

Promotion of accountability and documentation, which can serve as evidence of a government’s conformity to legal, procedural and fiscal requirements were among the parameters.

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