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Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP)

Why is it in the news?

  • NITI Aayog’s release of the first Delta Ranking for the Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP) marks a significant step in evaluating the program’s impact and progress.
  • Alongside ABP, NITI Aayog also unveiled the Aspirational District Programme (ADP) rankings for October 2023, showcasing the performance of districts in key development indicators.

More about the news

  • The Delta Ranking is integral to the ABP’s core strategy, emphasizing both competitive and cooperative federalism.
  • It is calculated based on the performance of blocks and the progress achieved in Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), providing a comprehensive evaluation framework.
  • Tiriyani Block in Telangana secured the top position, showcasing commendable progress, with Kaushambi Block in Uttar Pradesh following closely.
  • The top-ranked blocks will be prominently displayed on the Wall of Fame at NITI Aayog, showcasing their transformative projects.
Aspirational Blocks Programme (ABP)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Launched in January 2023, ABP draws inspiration from the successful Aspirational District Programme.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 ABP aims to enhance governance, improve citizens’ quality of life, and elevate service delivery in remote and less developed blocks across the country.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Encompassing 500 blocks from 329 districts across 27 states and 4 Union Territories, the program aims for widespread impact.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 ABP monitors progress in key themes: Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Allied Services, Basic Infrastructure, and Social Development.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The program strategy revolves around three pillars: Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (involving NITI Aayog, Central Ministries, State Governments, and District and Block Administration), and Competition among blocks, fostering a mass movement spirit.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Identifying Block Officials as Leaders of Change equipped with skills to drive transformation, working under the guidance of their respective state and district administrations.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 NITI Aayog, in partnership with states, commits to releasing quarterly rankings of these blocks, providing a continuous assessment mechanism.


Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Launched in 2018, ADP seeks to uplift the socio-economic status of 112 aspirational districts spread across 28 states.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 These districts collectively account for over 20% of the country’s population, spanning more than 8,600 gram panchayats.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 NITI Aayog coordinates the program with support from Central Ministries and State Governments, fostering a collaborative approach.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 ADP focuses on five core themes: Health & Nutrition (30% weightage), Education (30% weightage), Agriculture & Water Resources (20% weightage), Financial Inclusion & Skill Development (10%), and Basic Infrastructure (10%).

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The delta ranking mechanism incorporates innovative data utilization coupled with pragmatic administration, ranking districts based on their month-on-month improvement through the Champions of Change dashboard鈥攁n online dashboard showcasing progress.

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