Kup­wara, Ranchi lead NITI Aayog’s list of 111 ‘as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts’

Govt think tank re­leases sur­vey that ranks dis­tricts ac­cord­ing to in­cre­men­tal progress they made across six de­vel­op­men­tal ar­eas


Kup­wara in Jammu and Kash­mir, Ranchi in Jhark­hand and Sid­dharth­na­gar in Ut­tar Pradesh have shown the most sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the sec­ond set of rank­ings of as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts re­leased by NITI Aayog, the gov­ern­ment think tank said on Thurs­day, 27 De­cem­ber.

NITI Aayog re­leased the rank­ings for 111 as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts.

The sur­vey ranked dis­tricts by mea­sur­ing the in­cre­men­tal progress made by them be­tween 1 June and 31 Oc­to­ber 2018 across six de­vel­op­men­tal ar­eas—health and nutri­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture and wa­ter re­sources, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, skill de­vel­op­ment and ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture.

The rank­ings fac­tor in data from house­hold sur­veys con­ducted by NITI Aayog’s knowl­edge part­ners.

In­ter­est­ingly, in the first set of rank­ings which were re­leased in June, Kup­wara and Ranchi were ranked as the bot­tom three dis­tricts. Virud­hu­na­gar in Tamil Nadu, Nau­pada in Odisha and Sid­dharth­na­gar in Ut­tar Pradesh ranked as the most im­proved dis­tricts while Pakur and Cha­tra in Jhark­hand, and Hailakandi in As­sam were ranked as the least im­proved.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts of the cen­tre, state and dis­tricts lead to in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment. Com­pet­i­tive spirit can do won­ders and the tem­plate of the as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts pro­gramme can be uti­lized in other parts and de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes for the coun­try,” said Amitabh Kant, chief ex­ec­u­tive of NITI Aayog. Most im­proved district 1 2 3 4 5 District Virud­hu­na­gar Nua­pada Sid­dharth­na­gar Au­rangabad Ko­ra­put State Tamil Nadu d Odisha Ut­tar Pradesh Bi­har Odisha Least im­proved district 107 108 109 110 111 District Kiphire Giridih Cha­tra Hailakandi Pakur State Nagaland d Jhark­hand Jhark­hand As­sam Jhark­hand Fast movers Kup­wara, Jammu & Kash­mir h i Ranchi, Jhark­hand Sid­dharth­na­gar, Ut­tar Pradesh Ja­mui, Bi­har Fateh­pur, Ut­tar Pradesh Least im­provedd dis­tric ct

He added that as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts have im­proved be­cause of the fo­cused at­ten­tion of ground-level teams and that the in­di­ca­tors were selected on the ba­sis of the qual­i­ta­tive im­pact they have on the life of peo­ple and their eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“We have con­stantly en­deav­oured to en­sure transparent, real-time mea­sure­ment of qual­i­ta­tive de­vel­op­ment in as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts through the use of third-party val­i­dated data. This will strengthen the spirit of com­pet­i­tive and co­op­er­a­tive fed­er­al­ism on the foun­da­tions of ev­i­dence-based pol­icy mak­ing,” he said while re­leas­ing the rank­ing.

Of 112 as­pi­ra­tional dis­tricts, 111 par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey. Wayanad in Ker­ala could not take part be­cause of floods ear­lier Pakur, Jhark­hand Cha­tra, Jhark­hand Chan­del, Ma­nipur Giridih, Jhark­hand Kham­mam, Te­lan­gana a 101 99 82 3 9 25 this year.

The “Trans­for­ma­tion of As­pi­ra­tional Dis­tricts” pro­gramme, which was launched by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in Jan­uary this year, was set up to fo­cus on the strengths of each district and pri­or­i­tize the at­tain­able out­comes for im­me­di­ate im­prove­ment.

NITI Aayog ranks states and dis­tricts on var­i­ous de­vel­op­ment pa­ram­e­ters to high­light achieve­ments and ad­dress gaps.

It also puts pres­sure on states and district ad­min­is­tra­tions to do more in ar­eas where they are lag­ging.

The think tank no longer gets in­volved in al­lo­cat­ing funds to var­i­ous cen­tral gov­ern­ment pro­grammes, but mon­i­tors out­comes of schemes.


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