IBN Network on September 22 gave away the first ever IBN7 Diamond States Awards, a initiative in partnership with Outlook, to recognise the human and social development efforts by the States of India. Kerala and Goa bagged five awards each, including India’s Best Big State and India’s Best Small State awards, respectively.
Chief Guest of the event, Bharat Ratna and former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam delivered the keynote address on ‘The human development imperative: The challenges before India’s 21st century leaders’, which was followed by an interactive session, including chief ministers, leaders and dignitaries conducted by Ashutosh and Rajdeep Sardesai.
Winners of the IBN7 Diamond States Awards 2008 include: Best Big State in Healthcare Category – Kerala; Big State in Education Category – Kerala; Small State in Education Category – Mizoram; Big State in Employment Category – Gujarat; Big State in Poverty Reduction Category - J&K; Small State in Poverty Reduction Category – Goa; State in Women Empowerment Category – Kerala; Small State in Women Empowerment Category – Goa; State in Water & Sanitation Category – Punjab; Small State in Water & Sanitation Category – Delhi; Big State in Citizen Security & Justice Category – Uttaranchal; Small State in Citizen Security & Justice Category – Sikkim; Big State in Basic Infrastructure Category – Kerala; Small State in Basic Infrastructure Category – Goa; State in Environment Category - Himachal Pradesh; Small State in Environment Category – Meghalaya; Big State – Kerala; and Small State - Goa.
The IBN7 Editorial Board along with a jury comprising eminent citizens like Bimal Jalan, former RBI Governor; Dr. Amit Mitra, Secretary General, FICCI; author Gurcharan Das; Ila Patnaik, Senior Fellow, NIPFP; Prathap Banu Mehta, President & CEO, Centre for Policy Research; and Dr Bakul H Dholakia, former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, oversaw the selection process and ratified the findings.
Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, IBN Network, said, “At a time when India as a country is on an economic overdrive, it is very important for every state to contribute to its potential for the next level of growth. The states need to facilitate inclusive development by exploiting their strengths and it is very pleasing that there are states and bodies that are working in this direction. We are very happy to felicitate state governments and functionaries on various aspects of development for the better future of the country.”
Ashutosh, Managing Editor, IBN7, added, “Indian federal structure is the backbone of our country, which makes it very imperative each state work towards the overall growth of the country. We are delighted to give the IBN7 Diamond State Awards in partnership with Outlook to the worthy states in the field of human and social development. We hope this initiative will not only acknowledge the leaders of the states who are doing good work but in turn inspire others to work towards achieving the same.”