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NITI Aayog releases Second Delta Ranking under Aspirational District Programme; Virudhunagar District ranked as most improved district

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 key performance indicators.

Dec 27, 2018 15:02 IST
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NITI Aayog on December 27, 2018 released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP). The rankings were released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu was ranked as the most improved district in the Rankings. The ranking represented the incremental progress made by districts between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018.

Most improved districts

Rank

District

State

1

Virudhunagar

Tamil Nadu

2

Nuapada

Odisha

3

Siddharthnagar

Uttar Pradesh

4

Aurangabad

Bihar

5

Koraput

Odisha

Districts that saw Least Improvement

Rank

District

State

107

Kiphire

Nagaland

108

Giridih

Jharkhand

109

Chatra

Jharkhand

110

Hailakandi

Assam

111

Pakur

Jharkhand

 ‘Fast Movers’ Districts

District, State

June 2018 Rank

October 2018 Rank

Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir

108

7

Ranchi, Jharkhand

106

10

Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh

103

3

Jamui, Bihar

99

9

Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh

82

25

Note: The districts which displayed a qualitative jump in their scores between June and October 2018 are dubbed as ‘Fast Movers’.

Second Delta Ranking: Parameters and Data availability

The districts were ranked in a transparent basis on parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure through key performance indicators.

The rankings were based on the data available publicly through the Champions of Change Dashboard, which includes data entered on a real-time basis at the district level.

For the first time, the rankings took in inputs from household survey conducted by NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners, namely, TATA Trusts and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

First Delta Ranking

The first Delta Ranking for the Aspirational Districts was released in June 2018.

It ranked the Aspirational Districts on improved performance across five developmental areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.

It analysed the progress made by districts over the months of April and May 2018 on the basis of self-reported data.

Aspirational District Programme

• The Aspirational District Programme was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2018.

• It aims to rapidly transform the districts that have shown relatively lesser progress in key social areas, thereby posing a challenge to ensure balanced regional development.

• The program focuses on the strength of each district, identifies low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measures progress, and ranks districts.

• It seeks to fulfil Union Government’s Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas initiative that aims to raise the living standards of citizens and ensure inclusive growth for all.

• The broad features of the programme are:

  o Convergence (of Central & State Schemes)

  o Collaboration (of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors)

  o Competition among districts driven by a Mass Movement or a Jan Andolan

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