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NITI Aayog Releases Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts

Posted On: 27 DEC 2018 1:38PM by PIB Delhi

Aspirational Districts were ranked on improved performance over the months of June – October 2018

Ranking includes, for the first time, validated data from Household Surveys

 

The NITI Aayog today released the Second Delta ranking for the Aspirational Districts which measures the incremental progress made by them between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018, across six developmental areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion, Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.

The ranking factors in validated data from Household Surveys conducted by NITI Aayog’s knowledge partners, namely, TATA Trusts and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (IDInsight). The Surveys were carried out in all Aspirational Districts during the month of June 2018 covering more than 1,00,000 households. These surveys were used to validate critical data-points and provide inputs for nine further data-points for which district-level data is not readily available at regular intervals.

Releasing the Second Delta Ranking, Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITIAayog said, “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.”

The delta ranking is computed in a transparent manner for combined improvements made during June and October 2018.


In the overall ranking, the most improved districts are as follows:

Rank

District

State

1

Virudhunagar

Tamil Nadu

2

Nuapada

Odisha

3

Siddharthnagar

Uttar Pradesh

4

Aurangabad

Bihar

5

Koraput

Odisha

 

The Second Delta ranking also details the following districts as Least Improved over the period of June – October 2018:

 

 

Rank

District

State

107

Kiphire

Nagaland

108

Giridih

Jharkhand

109

Chatra

Jharkhand

110

Hailakandi

Assam

111

Pakur

Jharkhand

 

 

The districts which have shown great initiative and displayed a qualitative jump in their scores between June and October 2018, have been dubbed as ‘Fast Movers’: 

 

District, State

June 2018

October 2018

Kupwara,
Jammu and Kashmir

108

7

Ranchi,
Jharkhand

106

10

Siddharthnagar,
Uttar Pradesh

103

3

Jamui,
Bihar

99

9

Fatehpur,
Uttar Pradesh

82

25

 

The delta ranking of the Aspirational Districts combines the innovative use of data science with pragmatic administration, keeping the district at the locus of inclusive development. This positioning is expected to aid the District Magistrates/Collectors to focus more on these sectors and improve their ranking in future.

About ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme

Launched by the Prime Minister 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.

The Government is committed to raising the living standards of its citizens and ensuring inclusive growth for all – SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas.

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.

After several rounds of consultations with various stakeholders, 49 key performance indicators have been chosen to measure progress of the districts. Districts are prodded and encouraged to first catch-up with the best district within their state, and subsequently aspire to become one of the best in the country, by competing with, and learning from others in the spirit of competitive & cooperative federalism.

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