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17th June, 2022 Polity and Governance

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  • The Prime Minister has chaired a conference on the progress of work under the Aspirational District Programme.
  • The Prime Minister said that the state government should develop Aspirational Districts as the ‘Inspirational Districts’ and extend the programme to the block and city levels.


Aspirational District Programme (ADP)

  • The Union Government launched the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme in 2018.
  • The overall objective of the programme;
    • Convergence of Central & State Schemes.
    • Collaboration of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers and District Collectors.
    • Competition among districts with a spirit of mass Movement.
  • 115 districts were transparently identified from 28 states by a committee of Senior Officers to the Government of India, in consultation with State Officials using a composite index.
    • The Composite index included data from the Socio-Economic Caste Census, Key health and education sector performance and the basic infrastructure of the State.
  • The NITI Aayog coordinates and manages the programme with support from Central Ministries and the State Governments.
    • NITI Aayog is supervising the initiative in 30 districts.
    • Various central ministries oversee 50 districts.
    • The Ministry of Home Affairs focuses on 35 Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts.
  • The Officers at the level of Joint Secretary or Additional Secretary are nominated to become the ‘Central Prabhari Officers’ of each district.
  • States have appointed Prabhari officers.
  • An Empowered Committee under the NITI Aayog will help in the convergence of various government schemes and efforts.
  • NITI Aayog release the Delta ranking for Aspirational Districts to assess the performance across 5 developmental areas;
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Education
    • Agriculture and Water Resources
    • Financial Inclusion and Skill Development
    • Basic Infrastructure

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