Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on 28 June 2013 received the prestigious United Nations Public Service Award for his mass contact programme initiative. The award was presented at a function held in Bahrain by United Nations Under Secretary General Wu Hongbo.
Chandy bagged the first place in the category Preventing and Combating Corruption in the public. He received the award for the mass contact programme conducted by him in 2011 after becoming the Chief Minister for the second time.
A total of 5.5 lakh petitions were received in 2011, of which three lakh were resolved. Financial assistance of 22.68 crore rupees was given to the people during the programme.
The highlight of his mass contact programme was that the problems of the people could be directly communicated to the Chief Minister without any intermediary.
Who: Ooman Chandy.
When: 28 June 2013.