Gangtok: Raj Yadav, an IAS officer who is currently serving in Sikkim as the additional secretary to the finance department, has received the ‘Excellence in Governance Award’ instituted by the Indian Express Group. The award honours district magistrates (DM) from across the country for excellence in governance.
Yadav received the newly constituted award for initiating the ‘District Administration's Adopted Village (DAAV)‘ project, which led to the adoption of five villages in South Sikkim.
DAAV was a step taken by Yadav when he was serving as the collector of South Sikkim district. The five villages adopted under this initiative include Lingi Paiyong, Tinik Chisopani, Mamley Kamrang, Rongbul and Sanganath.
Expressing his happiness, Yadav said, “It’s a great honour for me that my district has been selected for such prestigious award. It is the fruit of hard work done by the South Sikkim district administration.”
“It was a unique programme initiated by the district administration where only five GPUs were adopted and converted into model villages between 2015 and 2018. We tried to achieve 100% in every aspects in those GPUs through community participation. If I get similar opportunity in future I will try to work with same strategy”, added Yadav.
Yadav, a 2009 batch officer, has been shortlisted for the award in the category of hilly states comprising eight Northeastern states of the country, out of several other categories
There were 250 applicants in this category and the award was decided by a jury headed by former Chief Justice RM Lodha after a rigorous process involving several stages of assessment and verification.
Yadav, who was also reportedly included in the list of top five best IAS officers in Northeast India, has been selected for his “meaningful contribution to improve the lives of people which acted as an important tool of change”.
Even when he was working as the district collector of South Sikkim district in the Himalayan state, before taking charge of additional secretary, finance, Yadav had taken several initiatives including ‘Each Friday, Field Day’ under which he would himself make a field visit to government offices and schools, apart from DAAV.
Under DAAV, different sectors like schools, ICDS, health, power, banking, beautification and many more other sections were focused for the development of the rural areas along with counselling and awareness conducted on various issues from time to time, even problems related with water supply, construction and renovation of footpaths were looked into.
The award ceremony is set to be held in Delhi on February 28.