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Posted on Nov 17, 10:20PM | UNI
The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) has received the eIndia Governance Award for 2012 for adopting electronic voting system which helped in reducing the considerable paper work in addition to reduction of manpower.
Ponnala Lakshmaiah, Andhra Pradesh's Minister for Information Technology and Communications, gave away the award to Mr Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director and CEO, EPCH in a glittering ceremony held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre recently.
EPCH had adopted Electronic Voting System in its activities, particularly in the election of its members of Committee of Administration from the general body members.
The Council is responsible for development and promotion of exports of Handicrafts, having a membership base of more than 7,000 exporters of handicrafts drawn from all parts of the country.
The exports of handicrafts which were to the tune of Rs 1064.99 crore two decades ago have now reached to Rs 12,975.25 crore in 2011-12.
The phenomenal increase in exports is the result of promotional efforts of EPCH over the years besides management of its systems and procedures effectively, EPCH said in a statement.
EPCH has been the pioneer in adopting the Electronic voting system and is the only Council to do so, it added.
Seeing the success of the EPCH, the Indian government has advised all other Export Promotion Bodies to follow the same system, the statement said.