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  • 28 October, 2021

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Aspirational Districts Programme

What is Aspirational Districts Programme?

  • It aims to quickly and effectively transform some of India's most underdeveloped districts.
  • It will identify areas of immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.
  • The broad ideas of the programme include -
  1. convergence of central and state schemes
  2. collaboration of central, state level ‘Prabhari’ (in-charge) officers and district collectors
  3. competition among districts
  • The states are the main drivers in the programme.
  • Deliberately, the districts have been described as aspirational rather than backward.
  • The motive is to view them as areas of opportunity and hope rather than of distress and hopelessness.

How are the Aspirational districts selected?

  • The 115 districts were chosen by senior officials of the Union government.
  • This was in consultation with State officials on the basis of a composite index.
  • The parameters included are -
  1. deprivation enumerated under Socio-Economic Caste Census
  2. key health and education performance indicators
  3. state of basic infrastructure

What is the present ranking on?

  • The present ranking is based on 49 indicators across 5 sectors.
  • These sectors are areas that have been targeted for transformation -
  1. health and nutrition
  2. education
  3. agriculture and water resources
  4. financial inclusion and skill development
  5. basic infrastructure
  • A minimum of one district was chosen from every State.

Source: PIB


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