Duties of a Citizen Contest Winners
During his Mann ki Baat address on 27th December, 2015 and the run up to the 67th Republic Day celebrations, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced the launch of the “Duties of a Citizen” contest.
2016 is also the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution. With this in view, the contest announced by Prime Minister aimed at enhancing the understanding of our constitution among the citizens, and at the same time inculcating a sense of citizen duties in consonance with the rights of a citizen.
Accordingly, MyGov introduced the ‘Duties of a Citizen’ contest. Citizens were invited to submit their ideas and suggestions that encapsulated the spirit of the constitution even as they drew up a charter of citizen duties.
The entries were submitted in the form of essays, poems, slogans, graphics and videos. The contest was open from 27th December 2015 to 26th January, 2016 and 5,753 entries were received in total. These included entries from college going students to teachers to academics to homemakers to engineers to journalists. A significant number of entries were also received from school going students between the age of 13 to 18 years.
Participants were encouraged to submit original and innovative ideas. For evaluating the submitted entries, care was taken that an idea merely rich in detail but lacking originality did not score higher than a very innovative idea but explained briefly. However, if a very innovative idea was also explained in detail, it naturally scored higher. An entry which encapsulated the entire gamut of citizen life also scored higher.
A three stage Jury process was followed for evacuating the entries. In the first stage participants were shortlisted basis the entries complying with the terms and conditions of the contest. In the second stage a detailed evaluation of the entries were done by an internal evaluation team of MyGov. During this round the entries were scrutinized in detail on the parameters of originality, creativity, attention to detail, understanding displayed of the spirit of duties as enshrined in the constitution and the evolution of the concept of citizen duties since the time of independence.
In the final stage, an external jury comprising of senior officials of the government of India, academics, media professionals and policy thinkers evaluated the shortlisted entries and selected the final winners. These winners were felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 6th August, 2016 during the #MyDayAtMyGov Townhall.
And the winners along with their winning entries are:
C S Chandana: A student of class 11th from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. She has written an inspiring poem on the qualities of a good citizen.
A Vaishnavi: Student of class 10th Year from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. – II, Vijaywada. She has drawn a vivid description of a citizen’s duties with assorted pictures coloured with crayons.
Anubhav Kumar: Twenty three year old software engineer from Jaunpur, currently based in Chennai. Raised by his mother who is an Anganwadi worker, Anubhav’s entry encapsulates the duties of a citizen in the various facets in a novel and engaging way.
The Runner Up to this contest are…
Tauseef Ahmad: Twenty seven years old B. Tech graduate from Unnao but currently based in Delhi, this Civil Services aspirant was motivated to participate in this contest driven by his sense of duty towards the nation and the inspiring Jan Bhagidari paradigm of Prime Minister Modi. His entry is a hummable poem encompassing the Duties of a Citizen in the modern context and written in a conversational lingo.
Prakash R: A Senior software engineer from Bangalore, Prakash’s entry is an engaging video film, using freely available software on the internet, depicting the duties of the citizen.