NITI Aayog to Release First Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme

NITI Aayog will release the First Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme

The ranking will measure the incremental progress made by districts between March 31, 2018, and May 31, 2018. The districts have been ranked in a transparent basis on parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure through 49 key performance indicators.

The rankings are publicly available through the Champions of Change Dashboard, which includes data entered on a real-time basis at the district level. The Delta ranking seeks to highlight the Districts who have achieved incremental progress between the months of March 2018 and May 2018.

The ranking is also a tool to identify sectors and indicator specific challenges so that Team India, which is driving this programme, can take immediate corrective measures.

This Delta ranking takes a step further and looks into specific aspects of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and analyses how districts have performed in last two months across important sectors.

This grouping and positioning would aid the District Magistrates/Collectors to focus more on these sectors and improve their ranking in future.

Performance of various districts:

  • Dahod district of Gujarat improved 19.8 points to rank first.
  • West Sikkim district in Sikkim stood second with 18.9 points.
  • Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh is ranked 6th position.

About the scheme:

Launched in January this year, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme aims to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.

The broad contours of the programme are Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts driven by a Mass Movement or a Jan Andolan.

With States as the main drivers, this program will focus on the strength of each district, identify low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measure progress, and rank districts.

To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the burgeoning economy. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this programme’s core areas of focus.

If these districts are transformed, there would be a tremendous improvement in the internal security environment of the country. If Prabhari officers can bring convergence in the development efforts of different Ministries and State Governments and the schemes specially launched by Home Ministry in these districts, it would serve as a great opportunity to ensure rapid development in the country.

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