Gram Panchayat Puruskar from Google.org

Gram panchayats are local government bodies at the village level in India. As of 2002 there were about 265,000 gram panchayats in India.

Google.org has announced awards for innovative panchayats and encourage more innovation in local governance throughout the country. Initially the top five innovative panchayats in each state , Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs for each panchayat.

Link: http://www.google.org/ggpp.html

All legally recognized gram panchayats in the states of Karnataka or Andhra Pradesh can apply before January 25, 2009.

The prize will be awarded in one of six areas: education, health and nutrition, water supply, rural infrastructure, rural electrification, and resource mobilization.

This for me is really an innovative idea from Google.org. Gram panchayats play a vital role when the change has to happen at the grassroots level. Rewarding the work done by the panchayats is a sure way to encourage them to do more for the community they are serving. The awarded panchayats will inspire others panchayats to do their best.

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6 Comments

  1. Posted December 19, 2008 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I hope we have enough gram panchyat office with a system and internet connection reading your blog.

  2. Posted December 19, 2008 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… It seems Google is advertising through traditional paper media also… so panchayats can easily know about the prize…

  3. Posted December 30, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… that sounds great. But don’t you think most or none of the gram panchayats have any idea what google is. Google could use some innovation to market the program. Sure they would.

  4. Posted December 30, 2008 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    @bharath: I have seen an advertisement by Google in ‘Telugu’ language in Eenadu daily news paper!

  5. supriya
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    i guess this is just one more advertising startegy by Google the great ,otherwise practically speaking how many people of those panchayats have Internet Awareness .

  6. Posted May 12, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see some of you are really keen on Gram Panchayat issues. We have for the first time in India implemented a Community Portal and WOrkflow automation solution in a GP. The villagers are excited to use and if any of you are interested to see a DEMO, contact me. Thanks.

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