Minister for IT and Industries KT Rama Rao will be honoured with the ‘SKOCH IT Minister of the Year Award’. He will be conferred the award at a ceremony scheduled to take place during the 49th SKOCH Summit on September 9 in New Delhi.
“I have observed Rama Rao at close quarters and found his thinking out of the box yet grounded in felt needs of Telangana. His initiatives related to IT are bang-on what are required to build a new State for new India,” says Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group.
SKOCH, since 2003, has been conducting independent assessment of States and it is the only time-line study compiled as ‘Annual Smart Governance Map of India’ available in the country.
SKOCH Annual Assessment of Governance last year rated Telangana State as the best performer overall attaining the No 1 spot. “Rama Rao’s selection is based on SKOCH’s own research and assessment of his innovative implementation of forward looking IT policies and laying a future IT roadmap for the State since the time he took over as the Minister of IT,” adds Kochhar.
Desk research, evaluation of State projects conducted by the jury comprising domain experts, stakeholder consultation and recommendations made by the College of SKOCH Awardees is an integral part of the SKOCH Awards process.
SKOCH has also assessed the overall improvement in governance in the State since its formation, year-on-year based on which, Telangana State topped the list as the best performer during 2016, up from 18th rank in 2015.