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It was a function held in presence of the President of India to present the awards to best performing municipal bodies of India, and Gujarat was the state that bagged the highest number of awards with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation adjudged the best-run organisation prize.

Ahmedabad's Mayor Asit Vora, Municipal Commissioner IP Gautam, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Mahajan receiving the award from the President of India

victoryA selection committee, headed by the former Supreme Court Justice evaluated the performance of various cities on nine parameters, while adjudging the winners. Twenty urban local bodies participated in this competition. They were judged on various parameters like innovative ideas, responsive application, data verification and assessment.

There were two categories of awards. Three awards were given for the best overall performance. Nine awards were declared for good performance in different segments such as public health, roads and streets.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, which was adjudged the best-run organisation, was given Rs.5 lakh and a trophy. The Mysore City Corporation received the second prize and the Pune Municipal Corporation was declared the third winner. Gujarat looked the best-performing State after four of the 12 awards were bagged by Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara. Maharashtra inched a close second as three urban local self-government bodies – Pune, Nashik, Kalyan-Dombivali – bagged prizes.

Under the segment awards, the best public services award went to the Nashik Municipal Corporation. The Kalyan –Dombivili Municipal Corporation won the award for improvement of roads and streets.

The Vadodara Municipal Corporation won the award for providing basic amenities to urban poor. Bengaluru was awarded for financial management, Vishakhapatnam for use of Information Technology in governance and service delivery, Faridabad for recreational facilities, Rajkot for complaints redress system, Surat for innovation and Agartala for transparency and accountability.

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