Half-truths of Modi and his three United Nations awards.

The United Nations awards Gujarat government got in recent times, are presented either with gross exaggeration or with half-truths. Even an individual award is presented as award won by the state. The truth is that other state governments and agencies also got those similar awards in the past. Furthermore, there are many such UN awards that other state governments or individuals won but Gujarat did not, but those are never mentioned.

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1.

United Nations Sasakawa Award in 2003 for global efforts in disaster reduction.

Gujarat government did not win United Nations Sasakawa Award in 2003 as award winner is described as laureate (Gujarat stood technically 5th along with two others).

2003 UN Sasakawa Award recognizes global efforts in disaster reduction

Ms. Esther Tadzong of the Global Centre for Compliance, Hazard and Disaster Management in Cameroon is the 2003 UN Sasakawa Laureate for Disaster Reduction for her efforts in raising awareness and promoting community involvement in preparing for imminent disasters.

Certificates of Distinction were awarded to the Fundación para la Prevención del Riesgo Sísmico of Venezuela; Mr. Meda Gurudutt Prasad of the Coastal Area Disaster Mitigation Efforts of India; and Mr. Rafi Ahmad of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Certificates of Merit were awarded to Association Prévention 2000 of France; the Gujurat State Disaster Management Authority of India; and Dr. Jean-Pierre Massué of the Council of Europe, France.

The Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority got only Certificate of Merit, even behind another Indian Mr. Meda Gurudutt Prasad of the Coastal Area Disaster Mitigation Efforts of India. Above that Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority was established by Keshubhai Patel in Jan 2001, so realistically no way Modi can be attributed to the this by 2003.

In 2011 Bhubaneswar also got a recommendation.

Cities emerge top in United Nations-Sasakawa Award competition on innovative disaster risk reduction initiatives

Other winners included the city of Bhubaneswar (India), and the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, ERRA, an initiative of the Pakistan Government with support from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which both received a letter of recommendation.

2.

United Nation Public Service Award in 2010 for its role in transforming the delivery of public services and attention to grievances by application of technology.

Correctly, United Nation Public Service Award for Asia-Pacific region in one of five categories.

UNPSA Categories

Totally, as of now, there are nine 1st place and four 2nd place winners from IndiaCMO Gujarat (Modi) came 2nd in one of the Award Categories (2010). Whereas, two other CMO were placed 1st in different years Delhi (Sheila Dixit, twice 2005 & 2011) and Kerala (Oommen Chandy, 2013). 

UN Public Service Awards

The Indian Award winners’ list for United Nations Public Service Awards (Asia-Pacific).

2013
Category : Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service
1st Place: Chief Minister’s Office, Kerala

Category : Improving the Delivery of Public Services
2nd Place: District Administration, Dhanbad Swavalamban

Category : Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services
2nd Place: Madhya Pradesh government’s Graamin Haat

2012
Category : Improving the Delivery of Public Services
1st Place: Aarogyam, District Health Society, Uttar Pradesh
2nd Place: MP Public Delivery Act, Madhya Pradesh

2011
Category : Improving the Delivery of Public Services
1st Place: Mission Convergence, Government of Delhi

Category : Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services
1st Place: Swanchetan Society for Mental Health

2010
Improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service
2nd Place: State-Wide Attention on Grievances by Application of Technology , Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Gujarat

2009
Category : Fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative
mechanisms
Winner: H.E. Mr. V.S.Gadhavi, IAS., Secretary for Water Supply, Government of Gujarat

2008
Category : Fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative
mechanisms
Winner: Programme of Communitization of Public Institutions and Services, Government of Nagaland

2007
Category : Improving Transparency, Accountability, and Responsiveness in the Public Service
Winner: Mr. Bikshapati K, IT & C Deptt, Government of Andhra Pradesh

2006
Category : Improving the Delivery of Public Services
Winner: Online delivery of land records, Revenue Department, Government of Karnataka

2005
Category : Improving Transparency, Accountability, and Responsiveness in the Public
Winner: India, Bhagidari Cell, Office of the Chief Minister, Government of NCT

3.

Gujarat is winner of 2009 UN Award for Fostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanisms.

Sometimes you, even this claim pops up, actually in reality this subcategory of UN Public service award won by Mr. V.S.Gadhavi, IAS of Gujarat government in 2009. It’s an individual achievement, though being part of the government, just like host of individual people(listed above), whose awards cannot be attributed to their governments. This one cannot be attributed to Gujarat government.

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