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Google.org to Reward top five Gram Panchayats in India

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Google.org has announced a contest, called Google.org Gram Panchayat Puraskar (GGPP) which will reward the top five Gram Panchayats in the two Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The reward entails a cash prize worth – INR 5 lakh each (approximately $10,000 USD). This reward aims at recognising the best innovations in local governance through Gram Panchayats in the two South Indian states.

One can enter the contest online through Google.org/ggpp.html or pick-up an application form which is available in Telugu, Kannada, Hindi aswell as English at the district Panchayat office in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The contest will be open till 25th January 2009.

The prize will be awarded in one of six areas – education, health and nutrition, water supply, rural infrastructure, rural electrification, and resource mobilization. It is also mentione dthat the winning payanchat must include a wide variety of social and income groups, share information with villagers, respond to citizen feedback, and track the quality of programmes. The company said that they will deploy a panel of public sector experts in India whoc will take the charge of selecting a total of 20 finalists from each state. Thereafter, a separate panel will select the five winners in each of the states.

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