Belagavi District is likely to win the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration, 2020. Three districts — Warangal Rural from Telangana, Wayanad from Kerala, and Belagavi from Karnataka — were shortlisted for the award.
Belagavi District was shortlisted in 2017 too among 15 district in the nation for Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration-2017.
The Union government instituted a scheme in 2006 — “The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration” — to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by districts/organisations of the Central and State governments. The scheme was restructured in 2014 to recognise the performance of District Collectors in priority programmes, innovations and aspirational districts. The scheme was restructured again in 2020 to recognise the performance of District Collectors towards economic development of the district.
According to the Director of Housing and Urban Development, Government of India (GoI), Yogedhar Singh, who held a video conference, a total of 12 districts were selected in the first screening. In the second screening, the number reduced to five and in the third, to three.
There will be another screening and enquiry by the Cabinet Secretary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the award on September 31 to the three districts