Ministry of External Affairs

Public Diplomacy Division

Gov2.0 Award for Public Diplomacy Division

The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs was on Friday given the prestigious Award- 2011 by Governance Now magazine for exceptional achievement in Gov2.0 and for being the first central Ministry to propagate and use social media extensively. Other recipients were Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Traffic Police (DTP), India Post, Census India 2011 & Planning Commission 12th Plan.

The event was held in the evening of Friday, March 11 at the Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi.

Gov2.0 forum was launched by Governance Now on this occasion which was inaugurated by Honourable Minister of IT and Communications, Shri Kapil Sibal. Minister Speaking on the occasion said – ‘ Social media platforms are transformational and should be used to facilitate governance though some time is needed for teledensity to improve in rural areas but eventually the mobile revolution will power gov 2.0 there.’

Initiated by Governance Now magazine in 2011, the Awards aim to recognize the pioneers in the Government organizations for the use of social media tools for creating interactive platforms for improving citizen service delivery.

It is also awarded for promoting use of social media by the government. Governance Now magazine successfully highlights issues related to governance and public policy.

Speaking at a panel discussion in the morning session, Joint Secretary Navdeep Suri said, “The Public Diplomacy division is using social media to communicate more effectively with diverse constituencies, to receive feedback in a way that makes the Ministry of External Affairs more responsive to citizen concerns and to build global communities of friends of India. Effective use of Twitter during the evacuation of our nationals from Libya by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and by PD division has received an extremely positive response.”

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