Manthan Award 2014

e- Localisation Click here for details
  • FUEL Project
  • The Kahani Project
  • Hello MP
e-Agriculture and Ecology Click here for details
  • MPSSCA: Seed Certification MIS
  • None
e-Business & Financial Inclusion Click here for details
  • Using Psychometric Credit Scoring to Expand Financial Inclusion
  • bKash Limited
  • BOI NSDC Star Visa Card program
  • India’s FIRST Microfinance Credit Bureau
e-Community Broadcasting Click here for details
  • Brahmaputra Community Radio Station 90.4 FM
  • Yaadon Ka Idiot Box with Neelesh Misra
  • None
e-Entertainment & Games Click here for details
  • Shotz7
  • None
e-Culture, Heritage & Tourism Click here for details
  • Endangered Archive 341
  • e-Pothi: Online Cataloguing of Manuscripts of Odisha State Museum
  • Pashto multi-purpose Dictionary
e-Education, Learning & Employment Click here for details
  • e-thaksalawa, The National e-learning portal for General Education
  • – A Scholarship Porta
  • iChemist – Titration Simulator
  • ADB TA7872, Khan Academy Localization Project
  • NEKTech-Linux
  • Xomidhan
  • eScholarship
  • Jail Vaarta-Prisoner Video Conference with Relatives
  • Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana, Govt. of Maharashtra.
  • India
  • Effective and Concrete E-Governance Framework
  • An innovative public health e-intervention from Sri Lanka for the developing world in critical care medicine
  • Central Asia Health Systems Strengthening (CAHSS) Project
  • Tamilnadu Health System Project-Health Management Information System
E-Inclusion & Accessibilty Click here for details
  • Blind with Camera
  • Gift of New Abilities
  • Swaraloka: Adaptive Music Score Trainer for Visually Impaired in Sri Lanka
  • SimplEye: Mobile App for visually impaired
    Organisation:Kriyate Design Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
  • Talk – An Innovative AAC Device for People with Developmental Disabilities
E-News & Journalism Click here for details
  • Citizen Matters
  • Magzter Stay Informed
  • None
E-Science & Technology Click here for details
  • “SIYARA” Harbour VTMS (New dimension in Port Traffic management)
  • None
E-Women & Empowerment Click here for details
  • Kanyashree Online 2.0
  • None
Manthan Chairman’s Distinction Materials
e-Culture & Tourism Click here for details
  • Treasure Caretaker Training, Digital Monastery Project
e-Science & Technology Click here for details
  • iHelmet
“This year we received 400 nominations for the Manthan Award south Pacific 2014. Grand jury prudently choose the winner for each category from the below listed shortlisted nominations who will be given the opportunity to present their initiatives to a relevant audience of more than 800 people and winners will be awarded during the Awards Gala at the end of the event.
Special Mention and Juror`s encouragement have also been selected from the shortlisted nominations and will be awarded during the Awards Gala”.

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The Manthan Award South Asia & Asia Pacific 2014 Grand Jury successfully held on 17th & 18th October, 2014 at Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan, India.

The Jury marked the final stage of selection of best practices for the 11th edition of the renowned Manthan Award South Asia and Asia Pacific. This year we received 400 nominations across 13 categories. Out of which,372 were valid nominations. The virtual Jury members managed to filter 372 valid entries to 165 for the final evaluation by the grand jury. A panel of 16 jury members looked into the filtered nominations.

The discussions of the selected nominations and the voting on each category began and on first day with 6 categories completed. Day 2 discussed the remaining 7 categories. The collective wisdom of all the jurors let to an intense discussion on each and every nomination. After discussion and joint voting system, the Grand Jury selected Winners, Special Mentions & Jurors Encouragement of Manthan Award 2014. The Grand Jury concluding marked the moments of felicitation of the Jury members with Jury Citation & token gifts as a token of appreciation to all Jury members for their invaluable volunteering efforts in adding value to the Award process.
Meet the Jurors

Osama Manzar
Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
Osama Manzar is a convert social entrepreneur spearheading the mission to overcome the information barrier between India’s rural sector, and the so-called developed society, through Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) – the not-for-profit organization founded to accomplish the mission. He is a Member, Working Group, Internet Governance Forum of Ministry of Communication & IT and was a Member, Task Force on Growth of IT, ITES & Electronics HW Manufacturing Industry, Ministry of Comm & IT, India.

Amir Ullah Khan Senior Policy Advisor Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Amir Ullah Khan is a development economist and a senior policy advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is an Electronics and Communication Engineer from Osmania University. He studied at the Institute of Rural Management Anand and has a PhD in Economics and Business Studies from the Jamia Millia University. He has worked as Researcher for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the UNDP at Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy). He then was Academic Head at the Indian School of Finance and Management, after which he worked with Encyclopædia Britannica as executive director and editor.

Rajen Varada CEO, Open Knowledge Community

Rajen Varada is an ICT practitioner since 1995 and continues to be actively engaged in designing and implementing proof of concept solutions for rural development using technology and in particular ICT. He has developed solutions for health & early childhood care: (Sisu Samrakshak UNICEF), disaster: (SMS4help – Solution Exchange), district e-governance: (Parishkaram & Samadhan – Govt of AP& West Bengal) and most recently ‘Labnet” a migrant labour tracking and services portal. He is actively involved for the past nine years in study, evaluation and mentoring ICT innovations which impact the social sector. Rajen has been one of the thinkers behind movements like public sector software in India and actively support community ownership of technology – from community radio, community TV to open source applications.

C Babu Joseph Executive Trustee & CEO, Axis Bank Foundation

Mr. C. Babu Joseph is the Executive Trustee and CEO of Axis Bank Foundation. He is a post graduate in Agriculture with specialisation in Horticulture. He is also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers.

He started his career as an Assistant Professor in the Kerala Agricultural University and in 1979 joined State Bank of Travancore, as a Probationary Officer. In June 1995, he moved to UTI Bank (subsequently renamed as Axis Bank) and worked at their Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Basaweshwaranagar and Hyderabad branches. On his promotion as Senior Vice President, he was in charge of Small and Medium Enterprises and Agri Business at the corporate office. He was later made President of the Advances Department that handled Small and Medium Enterprises and Agri Business, Microfinance and the Rural Initiative of the Bank. He moved to Axis Bank Foundation in June 2010.

Meeta W Sengupta Founder, Centre for Education Strategy

Meeta Sengupta works at the cusp of policy and practice across the education and skills spectrum and enjoys sharing her gleanings via her writing for a wider audience. She has been an investment banker, a researcher, an editor, a teacher and school leader across continents.

Currently, Meeta is founder of the Centre for Education Strategy, a Delhi based think tank that builds bridges between policy and practice for educators, educationists and Institutions. She has been the Senior Advisor, Centre for Civil Society. She is a member of the FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) Skills Development Forum. She is the member Education Expert on the National Council of NISA (National Independent Schools Alliance) that represents over 6000 budget schools. Meeta is the founder of #EduIn, an online discussion that brings hundreds of participants together every month, in an organised discussion on key education issues. Meeta is on the India Advisory Board of STIR Education that gathers micro-innovations in low cost classrooms. She regularly speaks at events – both as a keynote speaker and moderator.

Soumya Sarkar National Editor, Mint

ASoumya Sarkar is National Editor in Mint, a sister publication of the Hindustan Times published in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. He has been working in Media and Communications for over two decades and was previously with The Times of India, The Indian Express Group, the Telegraph and the Down to Earth magazine. He has also worked as development and communications consultant with organizations that include the World Bank and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Moe Chiba Programme Specialist for Culture-UNESCO
Moe Chiba, Chief and Programme Specialist for Culture at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has been appointed since August 2006 to coordinate the Culture Sector of UNESCO New Delhi Office for Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She looks after programmes on World Heritage Sites, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism among others. In 2011, while on sabbatical leave from UNESCO, Chiba worked and travelled to several parts of India and South Asia to gain understanding on the grass-root reality of, and to explore the possibility of introducing culture-based development.

Suresh Reddy Director, SRF Foundation

Suresh Reddy took his Ph. D. in Public Administration from SV University, Tirupati (India) in 1995. Having nearly 18 years of programming experience in school education, teaching and research, he has worked for Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad; Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad; CARE India, New Delhi; State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), New Delhi. His areas of interest include School Education, ICT in Education, Child Labor and Rural Development.

Amina Charania Program Officer, Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts

Dr. Amina Charania ( is currently working with Sir Dorabji Tata Trusts in India as Senior Program Officer in the education portfolio. Her role is to design, recommend and manage education projects in the area of improving quality of education at elementary and out of school adolescents.

She initiated a program called Integrated approach to Technology in Education (ITE) in rural and urban slum. This program echoes the TPACK model and aims to improve learning process, interest and inculcate authentic, analytical, digital citizenship and other 21st century skills in adolescents. Link to this program concept and pilot can be found at This program is spread across 12 projects in India and involves about 10,000 children and adolescents. Prior to associating with the Trust in India, she worked in Iowa State University Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching as on the evaluation team of the federal grant on Teacher Education Goes into Virtual Schooling (TEGIVS). Currently she is part of the core team at the Trust- Tata-MIT potential tech enabled project for high school students in India, and recently joined as a team member for the paper in process at UNESCO Institute for Statistics on ICT in school indicators.

Mr.Ankit Vengurlekar, Gadgetwala- TechGuru

Ankit Vengurlekar is the Anchor of award winning Technology Shows – Tech Guru and Tech Toyz (now SWITCH) on Network18. He is also a Photographer, Trained Chef, Yoga teacher and River Rafting enthusiast. He won NT award 2012, 2011 and 2010 for Best technology show in Hindi for Tech Guru. Tech Toyz, on CNBC TV18 won the NT award for Best Technology show in English. Tech Guru Marathi, on IBN Lokmat won the best youth show award from Maharashtra Times in 2010.

Chat Garcia Ramilo Project Leader, APC Women’s Programme Manager, Manila

Chat Garcia Ramilo is a Filipino national residing in the Philippines. She has been specializing in gender, information and communication technology and women’s electronic networking for the last eight years. Ms Ramilo is involved in local, regional and global initiatives and work as the Global Manager of the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (APC WNSP) Gender Evaluation Methodology (GEM) project. Ms Ramilo is also the Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific WNSP Network. She worked as a gender and ICT consultant for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).Ms Ramilo is also a Board Member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), a global network of people and organizations dedicated to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s rights around the world that reaches 80 countries worldwide.

FRANCISCO J. PROENZA Agricultural Economist & Visiting professor Information communication technology UPF, Barcelona

Francisco J. Proenza is an authority on rural access to information and communication technologies and ICT applications for poverty reduction. After a 35-year career working in over 40 countries as Economist for international development agencies (Food and Agriculture Organization of UN, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNDP), he joined academia to Direct the Amy Mahan Research Fellowship Program to Assess the Impact of Public Access to ICT ( Dr. Proenza is presently visiting professor of information and communication technology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (UPF).

He was responsible for managing all program activities including the selection of grantees and ensuring that grantees received timely mentoring support. (Details available in interim technical report covering the selection of grantees and final report on research activities

Mr. Francisco is also Visiting Professor, and teaches courses in Information and Communication Technology for Development at the undergraduate level for the Department of Political and Social Sciences, UPF, and at the Masters level for the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

Ms. Archana Sahay, Community Relations Manager (India & APJC), Cisco Technology
Archana has 12+ years of work experience in working with local NGOs, international voluntary organizations and funding agencies. Prior to Cisco she worked with Wipro, Vodafone and SAP as their CSR Head for India. Her core expertise includes CSR strategy and planning, project execution, corporate giving and fundraising, sustainability reports, NGO partnership and employee engagements.

Asif Saleh Senior Director

Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Mr Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communication and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees strategy, communications, advocacy, ICT and social innovation lab, and in charge of empowerment cluster, which includes gender justice and diversity, migration and human rights and legal aid services. Prior to joining BRAC, he was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked for Glaxo Wellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded project access to information (a2i) programme at the prime minister’s office.Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the world focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshi people. He contributes regularly to local and international dailies.

Mr Saleh was recognised for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business. He is currently a mentor of the Unreasonable Institute, a member of the advisory board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and a board member of Institute of Informatics and Development (IID). He was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2013.

Francesca Feruglio Director of Programs & Operations & co-founder, Nazdeek

Francesca Feruglio is Director of Programs and Operations and co-founder of Nazdeek. She is a human rights activist and researcher with experience in promoting human rights and ensuring social inclusion of discriminated communities and individuals. She spent several years working with international and grassroots organizations, both in Europe and in India, working on issues of discrimination of migrant workers, LGBTI people and ethnic minorities. At the Human Rights Law Network she contributed to the success of numerous landmark cases addressing violations of reproductive rights, food security and housing rights for women, Dalits and indigenous people, including Premlata w/o Ram Sagar & Ors. v. Govt. NCT Delhi W.P. Civ. 7687/2010 (2010), Dunabai w/o Vest Adivasi v. Govt. Madhya Pradesh & Ors W.P. (C) 2033/2011 and Haq Foundation v NCT Delhi & Ors W.P. (C) 2033/2011 . Francesca holds a BA in History and Anthropology from University of Padua, Italy and a LL.M in International Human Rights Law from the National University of Galway, Ireland. Her academic interests reflect her multidisciplinary background and range from issues of right to food and health to intellectual property rights, multiculturalism and globalization.

Ninad Vengurlekar Vice President, IL&FS Education –,
Ninad Vengurlekar is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of EdMobile Labs, a start-up focusing on transforming education delivery through Mobiles and Internet of Things. The firm is currently focusing on building a global English Fluency marketplace on smartphones.Ninad has worked in the areas of high technology, internet and education for over 18 years. He started with visual effects and media in 1995 and thereafter was one of the core team members in a internet content start-up in 2000-01. Between 2001-14, Ninad worked in the edtech sector with IL&FS Education. He was a part of the founding team at IL&FS that conceptualised the CSC Scheme with Ministry of IT. He was involved in building innovative education products and content using technologies like web, mobiles and interactive TV for schools and vocational education.
Ninad is a Masters in Technology in Education from Harvard University and an MBA in Communications from NMIMS.

Anish Kumar Program Director. PRADAN

Anish joined PRADAN in 1994 and is currently a Programme Director at the organization. He integrates the finance function involving raising resources, statutory compliance, and building and managing linkages with stakeholders. Anish is also a part of the senior management team, looking at overall organization strategy and institution-building.His areas of expertise include creating business organizations run by poor communities and facilitating participation of smallholder

farmers in modern value chains. Anish developed and piloted the small-holder poultry prototype, was the CEO of the first poultry co-operative, and then scaled up the model across new geographies. The enterprise, run completely by poor people, is today the largest commercial poultry production house in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, with a turnover of US $ 26 million. Anish continues to be associated with the program as a Board member of the National Smallholder Poultry Development Trust, an advisory and policy advocacy body to nurture and scale up the poultry enterprise.He has been a member of the Planning Commission Working Group on disadvantaged farmers, and has been involved in designing of policies on producer collectives.

Summit Activities 2014

9:30 – 11:00 AM
Annual Asia Pacific Manthan Award & Summit for Digital Development
11:30 PM – 1:00 PM
1.1 Digital Solutions for Governance & sustainable Agriculture & Ecology
12 Presentations from Governance Agriculture & Ecology incl. Manthan nominees.
1.2 Digital solutions for Business & financial Inclusion & Science & Technology
10 Presentations from Business, Financial Inclusion, Science & Technology Mantha nominees
1.3 Digital Solutions for Education, Learning, Empowerment, News & Journalism
12 Presentations from Education, Learning & Empowerment, News & Journalism incl. Manthan nominees
1.4 Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival
All the screenings will be followed by Q&A round with the filmmaker or organization submitting the film
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM
2.1 Digital Innovations in Health & Digital Solutions for Women & Empowerment
11 Presentations from Health, Women & Empowerment incl. Manthan nominees

2.2 Digital Solutions for Community Broadcasting & Culture & Tourism
9 Presentations from Community Broadcasting, Culture & Tourism incl. Manthan nominees
2.3 Wireless for communities and Open Spectrum Summit
2 Presentations from Community Network Stakeholders
2.4 .NGO domain Reseller Club Meet
12 Presentations from Innovators
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
3.1 Digital solutions for Inclusion & Accessibility
Presentations of Finalists for category on Digital solutions for Inclusion & Accessibility
3.2 Special Session on Rural Artists & Artisans
5 Presentations from Rural Artists & Artisans
3.3 District Collector Digital Champions
9 Presentations from Digital Champions
3.4 Digital Solutions for Entertainment & Localization
8 Presentations from Entertainment & Localization incl. Manthan nominees

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Manthan Award Asia Pacific 2014 AWARD GALA NIGHT

Mr. P Balakiran | District-Kannur
Mr. P Balakiran divided ICT initiatives in to two parts:1. Citizen centric initiatives
2. e- Government office system issues
The state of Kerala is lack of sand- so illegal sand mining and sand marketing has increased a lot. He says that with this initiative being eSand/ Nirman which is a centralized, transparent distribution System for river Sand which helps in controlling the high prices of sand, sand mafia and illegal mining. This has been extended to 6 sources of Sand. He also talked about the e-initiatives like the website which has been developed for District Election Officer which facilitates in locating the polling stations and serve for public grievance redressals as well. This is monitored on live basis from a control room and works through SMS service and also through mobile applications. E-District Services through Akshaya Centres have been established which are Designated CSCs. This e-District service provides utility payments, certificate services, university fee payment, etc.

Mr. Nagarajan M | District -Sabarkantha Panchayat

The most highlighted initiative of the district is Digital Setu which is india’s first 100% Wi-Fi in the district. The Digital Setu Project is a Model of Rural Broadband Internet which provides a new approach to create a Digital India. All the village panchayats of this district have been provided with high speed broadband internet and Wi-Fi service said Mr. Nagarajan M.

He informed us about the health initiatives like Swasthya Samvedana Sena which is basically supported by Unicef Gujarat. He also talked about the Mamta Setu which is the Helpline for beneficiary/patient where the call will be routed to health care officers. He claimed about 1610 calls in past nine months.

Mr. Rajesh Patil | District- Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj is a huge district so there are major issues in the supervision of the developmental projects said Mr. Rajesh Patil. The challenges are:

  1. Suhas district is highly forested; almost 40% of the area is densely forested.
  2. Many projects under so many government schemes & supervision of that is very important.

He believes that the Digital initiatives are required as thousands of projects are running in the district so as a collector he felt that a mechanism of supervision is required to make a data very updated and authenticated with real time analysis.

He explained that they implemented many apps to monitor many schemes like MINA. Mayurbhanj IAY NREGA Allied App (MINA) is a major step towards the goal of better transparency and accountability through ‘m-Governance’ by collecting real time field information for easy monitoring & supervision of programs like MGNREGA, Rural housing, Sarva Sikhya Abhiyan(SSA) activities and Day to day facilities provided to residential SC/ST schools. All the applications were made in such a way that it also works offline looking at the connectivity issue in the district. Mr. Rajesh also shared that only 30% area of the district is yet to be connected with internet and phone lines.

Sunil Kumar Srivastava | District-Maharajganj

Mr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava Additional collector Maharajganj explained that the district came under the existence on 02th October 1989 & is situated at indo-Nepal border.He talked about the initiative called Grievance Relation System which aims to establish good governance, communicate amongst common people, shorten the time of Compliance and to deliver government services faster, a Grievance Relation System has been established using ICT where anyone can register his Grievance from anywhere and anytime. They have established a Call center to inform complainer and to check out satisfaction of complainer. The way of registration is accessible over Phone calls, SMS, e-Mail, Social media as Facebook, and District website. There is also an arrangement for re-compliance in case of unsatisfaction responses. The compliances should be reported within 10 days and without audio, video and photographs, the team will not be able to accept the grievances. The District online website is regularly updated and displays all beneficiary lists on the websites.

Smita Kulkarni | District- Sangli

Ms. Smita Kulkarni, deputy collector from Sangli district presented the case study of e-initiatives. The objective behind all these e-initiatives is to provide the citizen centric Services and to avoid unnecessary expenses. This ICT technique provides a Citizen Centric Service delivery system, which would be a transparent and an accountable system, for a speedy disposal saving both Public & the govt. expenses. This would cater the public in PDS. This proficiency is managed through various branches, such as;

  • Official Website of District Collector, Sangli
  • e-Setu
  • Mining Monitoring System
  • Biometric System for PDS
  • Case Management System
  • Employee Management System
  • CCTV surveillance and Biometric Attendance system
  • e-Office
  • e-Tendering & e-Auction System
  • e-Muster for MGNREGA
  • e-Lokshahi as Complaint Monitoring System
  • Digitization of Land Records
  • Public Alert System (Bulk SMS)
  • Use of Social Media

e-Setu project has already won the scotch award and special award in 2013 from government of Maharashtra.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Bhargava | District- Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh
Mr. Rajesh Kumar Singh represented District- Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh on behalf of the District Collector, Dr. Ashok Kumar Bhargava.
Major Initiatives taken by the district:

  • Niruj –THE CURE- HMIS and public health awareness system.
  • e – Budhar- Pilot Block for Digital Block Project
  • Janpad Sanchar- Video Conference and IT enabled Monitoring System.
  • Voice based SMS- IT enabled communication to ensure free and direct information flow between the administration and ground staff.
  • Jan Sunvai- Effective Grievance Redressal System at District Level.
  • Vehicle Tracking System for PDS- GPS Based timely distribution of PDS goods.

Dr Ashwini joshi | District- Thane, Maharashtra

Dr. Ashwini joshi was recently elected as the District Collector of the District- Thane, Maharashtra. So she has presented what Mr. Velrasu Periyasamy has done in the past years.

She talked about the following about e- initiatives:

  • FJMS is a Software application which is used to track the movement of file and references with the organization.
  • It maintains a consistent watch over movement of various important documents in the process of decision making
  • Monitoring helps in making important decision at different levels in an organization
  • Empowers with strong Management Information System (MIS) which generates various reports and provides a daily performance report and an Arrears List.
  • FJMS maintains departmental as well as employee details search or trace any file

Mr. Umesh Pratap Singh | District-Kanpur

The objective of e-government initiatives is to empower the citizens of the district said Mr. Singh. The second goal is to maintain Work flow management & monitoring. The third goal of the initiatives is office automation, tendering, procurement and license services.

To Reduce the Infrastructure cost, Global Accessibility, Reduce time of Delivery, Transparency and ULB’s Performance Monitoring, Kanpur Municipal Corporation has initiated to use ICT in ways so as to monitor the assurance of Public services in the district. Following are the goals on which this initiative has been designed;

  1. e- Tendering of all the works
  2. Project Works Management and Work Flow Management
  3. Estates, Stores Management and Procurement
  4. Personnel Information System
  5. Accounting System
  6. Solid Waste Management- GPS Enabled Garbage Collection Vehicle (Trucks) Monitoring Online, Garbage Collection – Online Weighbridge Data and Verification and Monitoring System
  7. Paper less Payment Process- All the payments are made through RTGS/NEFT/ECS system.
  8. Online Grievance Redressal System- Citizen can register their complaints online or on toll free number.
  9. Online Citizen services at WARD level for: -Birth and Death Registration, Public Grievance Redressal, Self assessment of property, Bills ,payment and receipts, Water/Sewerage Tax , Bills ,payment and receipts, Trade Licenses , Rent and Booking Fees .

Panel Recommendations:

Mr. Ganesh Natrajan congratulated all the District collectors and appreciated their work in tribal and backward areas. Mr. Amitabh Singhal & Mr. Ashish Sanyal talked about the Access & Communication strategy to disseminate the knowledge about their rights.


Digital Empowerment Foundation has decided to stretch the envelope within Manthan Awards. We are embarking on a brand new journey, ‘Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival’. Films are a potent medium. They have the potential to bring change, transform and provide perspective. ‘Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival’, is about communal participation, engaging, learning, awareness and discussion through creative and innovative films produced on the subject of digital empowerment of grassroots communities through various ICT tools such as Broadband, Internet, Mobile, Community Radio, TV, Website, IVR, Computers, Video, Wireless, and so on.
‘Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival’, also aims to commission and encourage the production of more films on the subject of “digital empowerment of grassroots communities”.

MDIFF- Report

Digital Empowerment Foundation stretched the envelope within Manthan Awards this year. We are embarked on a brand new journey, ‘Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival’, which was held on the side-lines of Manthan Awards on 4th of December, in Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

We aimed for ‘Manthan Digital Inclusion Film Festival’, to be about communal participation, engagment, learning, awareness and discussion through creative and innovative films produced on the subject of digital empowerment of grassroots communities through various ICT tools such as broadband, mobile, community radio, TV, Website, IVR, Computers.

This year we screened films from India, Bangladesh and Nepal. The subjects ranged from community radio, health, wireless network, use of social media for development etc.

The film festival opened with a small introductory speech by the Founder and Director of Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mr. Osama Manzar. He shared his longstanding vision of initiating a film festival aimed at screening and encouraging films on the use of ICT for development.

MDIFF was divided into three sessions: morning session, afternoon session and evening session.

The first screening of the festival couldn’t have been more appropriate than ‘No Problem’ by Yasmin Kidwai. The film follows one batch of women trainees from Africa on a life-altering six month journey to Tilonia (Rajasthan), home of Barefoot College. Starting with a bewildered arrival at an unfamiliar international airport, they finally return triumphant as Barefoot Solar Engineers, bringing light into remote African villages where electricity has so far been only a dream. It was the longest film of the festival running into 57 minutes. The screening was followed by a brief Q&A session with the director of the film Yasmin Kidwai, who shared her experiences of making the film.

Afternoon session began the second screening of the festival ‘Treasure Caretaker Training, Digital Monastery Project’ by Ranjit Makkuni and Ethan Neville. It was about The Digital Monastery Project which was implemented in the Spring, 2014 in the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (Sikkim), to teach monks, nuns and cultural caretakers to create confidential digital inventories of their monastery and museum treasures by use of their own mobile phones and tablets. Ann Shaftel, the Director of the project was there in person to take questions from the inquisitive audience who were fascinated by the film and project.

Third screening was a five minutes film ‘Operation ASHA eCompliance’ by Operation ASHA. Operation ASHA’s innovative eCompliance system uses biometric verification to help tuberculosis patients take their medicines. Dr. Shelly Batra expanded more on the film after the screening and took many questions.

Fourth screening was an exciting film, ‘Radio Woman of Patara’ by a team of passionate young film-makers from Hyderabad, Shawn Sebastian, Fazil NC, Tejasvi Dantuluri. It’s about Ramvati, a tribal woman from Madhya Pradesh and how she made community radio a tool of empowerment. It bagged third price at UNESCO-CEMCA video competition. We had lots of questions after the screening aimed at the film-makers as we had lots of community radio people in the audience. They expressed their desire for their efforts to be documented through a film just like Ramvati’s.

Afternoon session concluded with an in-house film of DEF ‘Chanderiyaan’ by Rohit Dhall. The film is about efforts of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) in collaboration with Media Labs Asia to provide technical education to the textile weavers of Chanderi, a historical town in Madhya Pradesh, central India. Rohit addressed the audience after the screening.

The last session of the film festival, the evening session began with a film from Nepal ‘Wireless Rural Nepal: The Village Facebookers’ by DJ Clark. It is about Milan Lohani who leaves his small farmhouse in the Himalayan foothills and walks half an hour to school. Milan’s school library had relied on second hand books sent by overseas donors until three years ago internet came to town. It has taken him and his classmates little time to work-out how to utilize the information they find online for getting news, information for study and helping their families farm. Like other teenagers around the world they also use the web for social networking. DJ Clark couldn’t make it to the festival as he is based in China these days. However, he made sure that he interacted with the audience, if not in person then virtually, which was made possible by technology.

A film from Nepal was followed by a film from Bangladesh ‘Tale of Shetu’ by Amader Gram. It is about optimum utilization of ICT tools for women empowerment. Unfortunately, the Director of the film could not make it to the festival. However, we had him with us in spirit.

The session concluded with the re-screening of ‘No Problem’ by Yasmin Kidwai on popular demand from the audience.

This is just a beginning. Our goal is to scale-up the ‘Digital Inclusion Film Festival’ as an independent event in the near future. We aim to take it all over South-east Asia and Asia Pacific, to give an impetus to the promotion and production of more films on the use of ICT for development across the region.

We have a mission, which is much closer to realization than one would imagine.

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