Raj Yadav, an IAS officer who is currently serving in Sikkim as the additional secretary to the finance department, received the ‘Excellence in Governance Award’ instituted by the Indian Express Group. The award honours district magistrates (DM) from across the country for excellence in governance.
Yadav received the newly constituted award for initiating the District Administration’s Adopted Village (DAAV) project, which led to the adoption of five villages in South Sikkim. DAAV was a step taken by Yadav when he was serving as the collector of South Sikkim district. The five villages adopted under this initiative include Lingi Paiyong, Tinik Chisopani, Mamley Kamrang, Rongbul and Sanganath.
Expressing his happiness, Yadav said, ‘It’s a great honour for me that my district has been selected for such a prestigious award. It is the fruit of hardwork done by the South Sikkim district administration.’ Yadav, a 2009 batch officer, has been shortlisted for the award in the category of hilly states comprising eight Northeastern states of the country, out of several other categories.
Even when he was working as the district collector of South Sikkim district in the Himalayan state, before taking charge of additional secretary, finance, Yadav had taken several initiatives including ‘Each Friday, Field Day’ under which he would himself make a field visit to government offices and schools, apart from DAAV. The award ceremony is set to be held in Delhi on February 28.