Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat contest - Announcement of Winners

Published By : Admin | February 4, 2016 | 17:58 IST
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Govt’s ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative aims to strengthen cultural connect between different parts of the country
‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative aims to enhance interaction between people living in different states
Thousands of citizens share notable ideas on ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ initiative of the Government
Over 50,000 total ideas and suggestions received for Government’s ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ contest

During the Rashtriya Ekta Divas address on 31st October 2015, on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced that the Government of India proposes to launch a new initiative called ‘EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’. The programme aims to further strengthen the existing cultural connect between different parts of the country and enhance interaction between people living in different states.

After the Prime Minister’s clarion call kick-starting the initiative, "Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat" contest was organized on MyGov, Government of India’s citizen-engagement platform, from 5th November 2015 to 25th December 2015. Citizens were invited to submit their ideas and suggestions on structuring the programme so as to encapsulate its true spirit in all its various dimensions and capture the diversity that characterises India.

Entries were invited on the following general themes. These themes were only indicative and participants were free to include any other points they deemed appropriate.

- Identifying role of central government and state governments in implementation
- Identifying ways in which governments, civil society and private sector could work together.
- Specifying the Use of modern communication tools, including social media
- Documentation of success stories.
- Ways to make 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' a people's movement rather than a government programme.

The contest received widespread with over 3,400 entries. Each entry had multiple ideas, therefore more than 50,000 total ideas and suggestions were given by the citizens. The contest entries were assessed using comprehensive  evaluation criteria and a three stage jury process was followed. These included an initial short-listing phase, a second level detailed evaluation and short-listing and a final selection by an independent Jury consisting of senior functionaries of various  government departments and external subject matter experts.

Some of the notable ideas shared by citizens on MyGov were: Long distance trains running between two partner states to have a “Bharat Store” selling handicrafts and traditional items of the state from where the train commences; Children’s Park with other state’s theme; a mobile app for home- stays; bed and breakfast facilities in a partner state for tourists; collaborative musical projects; joint assembly sessions between partner states; merchandise stores in long distance trains selling wares of the originating and ending train states,  etc.

Finally,  three winners were selected on the basis of the scores awarded by the jury. Aniket Choudhary from Jammu and Kashmir was adjudged the winner while Shashi Kumar Kulkarni from Pune and Tushar Khatri from New Delhi were adjudged second and third respectively.


The enthusiasm of the participants, the quality of submissions and the openness of the government to frame a national policy with citizen participation has made the Prime Minister's "Jan Bhagidari" paradigm, expressed in his Independence Day Speech, come alive.

The entire list of  entries in the ‘Ek Bharat Sreshtha Bharat’ contest can be perused  at the MyGov contest page :  

https://mygov.in/task/ek-bharat-shreshtha-bharat-contest/ 

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“I have also been connected to the country and the world through my YouTube channel. I also have subscribers in decent numbers”
“Together, we can bring transformation in the lives of a vast population in our country”
“Awaken the nation, initiate a movement”
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My YouTuber friends, today I am extremely happy to be here among you as a fellow YouTuber. I am also just like you, not any different. Since 15 years, I have also been connected to the country and the world through a YouTube channel. I also have subscribers in decent numbers.

I have been told that a big community of about 5,000 creators, aspiring creators is present here today. Some work on gaming, some educate on technology, some do food blogging, while some are travel bloggers or lifestyle influencers.

Friends, for years, I have been observing how your content impacts the people of our country. And we have an opportunity to make this impact even more effective. Together, we can bring transformation in the lives of a vast population in our country. Together, we can empower and strengthen many more individuals. Together, we can easily teach and make crores of people understand important matters. We can connect them with us.

Friends, although there are thousands of videos on my channel, the most satisfying for me has been when I talked to lakhs of students in our country through YouTube on subjects like exam stress, expectation management, productivity.

When I am amidst such a big creative community of the country, I feel like talking to you about some topics. These topics are connected with mass movement, the power of the people of the country is the basis for their success.

The first topic is cleanliness - Swachh Bharat became a big campaign in the last nine years. Everyone contributed to it, children brought an emotional power to it. Celebrities gave it heights, people in all corners of the country turned it into a mission and YouTubers like you made cleanliness more cool.

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I really enjoyed talking to all of you. What do you say at the end of your videos... I will also repeat it: Subscribe to my channel and hit the Bell Icon to receive all my updates.

Wishing you all the best.