TORONTO: In a rare honour, Service Alberta Minister Manmeet S. Bhullar has been inducted by FutureGov magazine into its Hall of Fame for his efforts to improve government services and access to information for the public.
Bhullar is the first Canadian to receive this honour by the British magazine. He joins the Hong Kong Police, the City of Westminster in Britain, the city of Adelaide in Australia and the Seoul Metropolitan Government in South Korea in getting the award.
Bestowing the honour on Bhullar during a conference in Edmonton on June 13, the magazine said the award acknowledges forward- looking public sector organizations around the world.
It said agencies are selected through a peer review process and represent the best of modernization initiatives focused on using information communications technology to improve efficiency, service quality and transparency.
Accepting the award, Bhullar said, “I want to empower people with information. By making data and information more accessible, we can transform the way government operates and also unleash enormous social and economic potential.”
The young minister of Indian origin highlighted the importance of transparency and sharing information to ensure citizens can participate in government in ways that fit their lifestyles.