United Nations: A government programme aimed at empowering people run by a north-east Indian state has won the coveted United Nations Award for Public Service from Asia and the Pacific region for "fostering participation in policy making through innovative mechanism."
Nagaland's Programme of Communitisation of Public Institutions and Services has helped in moving the State towards fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the citations on the award said.
Former Nagaland chief secretary Raghaw Sharan Pandey, chief Secretary Lalhuma and Secretary V Sakhrie accepted the award comprising a trophy and certificate on behalf of the Nagaland on Monday.
District Lokvani Society of Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh was among the finalists in the "improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness to the public service."
Counsellor at the Indian UN Mission B N Reddy accepted the commendation certificate on behalf of the Lokvani Society.
Organisations from 12 countries were chosen for awards in three categories from several hundred nominations received by the United Nations from across the world.
The award is considered as the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.
Addressing the winners and diplomats, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro expressed the hope that the award would inspire governments around the world to step up their efforts to deliver vital basic services and improve the daily lives of their people.