Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Information Technology (IT): The Government of Maharashtra on 10th August 2021, has decided to name an award after former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi.
- It was decided to announce this award at a meeting of IT department on July 7.
- The creation of the new award was announced days after the central government renamed the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award.
- A new award named “Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Information Technology (IT)” will be given to institutes doing remarkable work in the field of information technology.
- Minister of State for Information and Technology Satej Patil said that the award would be announced on August 20, the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister.
- This award is a lasting tribute to Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi for his pioneering work in the technology sector in India.
- The State government will talk to bodies such as NASSCOM to finalize the modalities of the award.
- It will be given to the companies or institutions which excel in the field with their new ideas and innovations.
- The award will be given out to them by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Who will propose the award?
- The Maharashtra IT Corporation Limited (MAHA-IT) which is a state government enterprise has been appointed a nodal agency to propose the newly constituted award.
About Rajiv Gandhi:
- Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the sixth prime minister of India from 1984 to 1989.
- At 40, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest Prime Minister of India, perhaps even one of the youngest elected heads of Government in the world.
- He took over as the PM of India after the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984.
- He was born on August 20, 1944, in Bombay.
- He was just three when India became independent and his grandfather Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became Prime Minister.
- He died in a tragic bomb blast on 21st May 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
- As the PM of India, he began leading in a direction significantly different from his mother’s socialism.
- He improved bilateral relations with the United States — long-strained owing to Indira’s socialism and close friendship with the USSR.
- He expanded economic and scientific cooperation.
- The Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord was signed by Rajiv Gandhi and the Sri Lankan President J.R.Jayewardene, in Colombo on 29 July 1987.
- He increased government support for science and technology and associated industries, and reduced import quotas, taxes and tariffs on technology-based industries, especially computers, airlines, defence, and telecommunications.
- He introduced measures significantly reducing the License Raj, allowing businesses and individuals to purchase capital, consumer goods and import without bureaucratic restrictions.
- Maharashtra is a state in the western peninsular region of India occupying a substantial portion of the Deccan Plateau.
- It is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, the Indian states of Karnataka and Goa to the south, Telangana to the southeast and Chhattisgarh to the east, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh to the north, and the Indian union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu to the northwest.
- It was formed on 1 May 1960.
- It was formed by merging the western and south-western parts of the Bombay State, Berar and Vidarbha, and the north-western parts of the Hyderabad State and splitting Saurashtra (in present-day Gujarat) by the States Reorganisation Act.
- Its capital is Mumbai.
- The Chief Minister and the Governor of Maharashtra are Uddhav Thackeray and Bhagat Singh Koshyari respectively.