Aspirational District Programme Current Affairs - 2020

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Ayushman Bharat: School Health Ambassador initiative launched

On February 12, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare introduced School Health Ambassador initiative. Under the initiative, two teachers in every school are to be made as Health and Wellness ambassador.

Highlights

The initiative is to be linked with other initiatives such as Eat Right Campaign, Fit India Movement and Poshan Abhiyan. 11 themes have been identified for the initiative. It includes growing up healthy, interpersonal relationships, emotional well-being, values and responsible citizenship, nutrition, health, gender equality, promotion of healthy lifestyles, HIV prevention, safety and security against violence and promotion of safe use of internet.

The 2 ambassadors appointed under the scheme will work on the above themes. They will focus on health promotion and prevention component.

Training

The ambassadors are to be trained by the National Resource Group that was constituted by the NCERT.

Implementation

The initiative in the first phase is to be implemented in upper primary and secondary schools in aspirational districts. The remaining districts are to be included in the second year of the initiative.

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NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District Ranking released: Chandauli of UP tops

On January 29, 2020, the NITI Aayog released the ranking of Aspirational Districts of the country for the month of December 2019. The ranking is released every month.

Highlights

The Chandauli district of UP topped the list followed by Bolangir of Odisha, YSR (AP) in second and third positions respectively. Sahibanj of Jhatkhand and Hailakandi of Assam were placed in fourth and fifth places. The rankings were done for 112 aspirational districts. The districts were selected from six developmental areas in December 2019.

Parameters

The areas evaluated during the ranking includes Health and Nutrition, agriculture, education, skill development, financial inclusion, basic infrastructure and water resources.

Aspirational Districts Programme

The Programme was launched in January 2018. The main objective of the programme is to transform the districts that have been pockets of under-development. These cities show relatively lesser progress. Also, the ranking helps in competitive Federalism and hence hastens overall development.

The Programme aims at Convergence, Collaboration and Competition.

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