National e-Governance Awards presented in Nagpur EPFO’s Universal Account Number and IRCTC’s e-ticketing system bag honours.  

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis presented the National Awards for e-Governance for the Year 2015-16, at the valedictory session of the 19th National E-governance Conference, at Nagpur on January 22, 2016.

National Awards for e-Governance for the Year 2015-16 were given for exemplary implementation of e-Governance initiatives at the end of the 19th National e-Governance Conference in Nagpur today.  Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis gave away the awards.  Shri Fadnavis said the theme of the Conference ‘GATI (Governance with Accountability Transparency & Innovation for citizen Centric Services) was apt and expressed confidence that it would usher in speed in decision making and service delivery.
The Universal Account Number (UAN) programme of the Employees Provident Fund Organization under the Ministry of Labour & Employment bagged the Gold in innovative use of technology in eGovernance.  
Through UAN, active employees are provided a universal number which can be linked to various provident fund account numbers provided to them while working in different organisations. A single account number can be used through all of workers’ employments with various organisations. Thus the UAN facility enables workers to transfer their provident fund deposits while switching jobs anywhere in India easily.
IRCTC’s New Next Generation e-Ticketing System bagged the Gold in innovative use of ICT in Central Government PSUs category. IRCTC’s new Next Generation e-Ticketing System offers improved online rail ticket booking, and checking of ticket reservation status.
Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Centre, Nagpur bagged the award in innovative use of GIS technology for its Maharashtra Geology, Mining Information System (Maha-GeoMin).  The Award in the category of Use of ICT for development by Non-Government organisation went to Western Union, Mumbai for its collaboration with India Post for money transfer.
Online School Monitoring System of Chhattisgarh, Child Tracking System of West Bengal, Paddy Procurement Automation System of Odisha, Village Profile Planning Atlas of Gujarat, Delhi Traffic Police Mobile App, online hotel reservation system of Himachal Tourism were also among the winners of National e-Governance Awards.
The two day conference deliberated on various aspects use of ICT in governance and service delivery.  Over 500 delegates, including around 150 from Maharashtra attended the event.