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India-Portugal ink several MoUs; EC gets Silver award for Excellence;
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February 18, 2020


Polity & Governance

  • EC gets Silver award for Excellence

Bilateral & International Relations

  • India-Portugal ink several MoUs

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Polity & Governance

EC gets Silver award for Excellence

The Election Commission of India has been awarded ‘Silverfor Excellence in Government Process re-engineering for digital transformation for the year 2019-20.


  • The award seeks to recognize the projects that involved analysis and re-design of workflow and which resulted in improvement in outcomes related to efficiency, effectiveness of process, cost, quality, service delivery or a combination of these.

Presented by:

  • The award was presented during the 23rd National Conference on e-Governance at Mumbai by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India.

Why was the award given?


  • ECI got the award for ERONET.
  • ERONET is a web portal launched by the Election Commission of India in 2018 to provide hassle free services to the citizens of India for the registration of their voter-ID cards online, to choose to change the state in which they want to enrol as a voter without going through unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and many other services.
  • ERONET standardised forms processing, standard database schema, and a standard template for enrol printing.

  • It automated the process of electoral roll management starting from elector registration, field verification of electors, decision support system for Electoral registration officers and for providing extensive integrated value-added services.
  • ERONET is a common database for all States and UTs with data of 91 crore electors.
  • It provides bedrock of electoral roll in providing various web services to Conduct of Elections applications of Election Commission of India.

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Bilateral & International Relations

India-Portugal ink several MoUs

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind received His Excellency Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of the Portuguese Republic at Rashtrapati Bhavan recently.

Boosting the ties:

  • The two Presidents welcomed the exchange of 14 agreements and understandings between India and Portugal in the fields of Maritime heritage, Maritime transport and Port development, Migration and Mobility, Start-ups, Intellectual Property Rights, Aerospace, Nano-biotechnology, Audio visual co-production, Yoga, Diplomatic training, Scientific research and Public-policy.

India-Portugal relations:

  • The bilateral relations began amicably in 1947 after India’s independence and diplomatic relations were established in 1949.
  • However, the relations went into decline after 1950 over Portugal’s refusal to surrender its enclaves of Goa, Daman Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on India’s west coast.
  • By 1955, the two nations had cut off diplomatic relations which were followed by Indian military forces liberating Goa in 1961 through Operation Vijay, ending over 450 years of Portuguese rule in India.
  • In 1974, India and Portugal signed a treaty recognising India’s sovereignty over Goa, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and related matters.
  • With the signing of this treaty in New Delhi on December 31, 1974, diplomatic relations were re-established and an era of friendly bilateral relations began

Location of Portugal:

  • Portugal is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula, in south-western Europe.
  • It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain.
  • Its territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments.
  • Currency: Euro
  • Capital: Lisbon

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