Mr KT Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister of IT, Government of Telangana has been honoured with the ‘SKOCH IT Minister of the Year Award’. He has been conferred this Award during a ceremony which took place during 49th SKOCH Summit on 9th September 2017 at New Delhi.
“I have observed Mr. 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 is required to build a new state for new India,” says Mr. Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group.
SKOCH, since 2003, has been conducting independent assessment of states and is the only timeline study compiled as ‘Annual Smart Governance Map of India’ available in the country. SKOCH Annual Assessment of Governance last year rated Telangana as the best performer overall attaining the No 1 spot. “Mr 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 Mr Kochhar.
Desk research, Evaluation of state projects conducted by Jury comprising of 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 during 2015.