Backward Districts Current Affairs

NITI Aayog to rank 115 aspirational districts by April 2018

Government think-tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has announced to rank 115 backward (aspirational) districts by April 2018. It was announced at  ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ conference.

These 115 backward districts include 35 districts affected by Left Wing Extremists (LWE) violence, 55 districts just affected by LWE and another 15 including districts in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast affected by terrorism.

Key Facts

These 115 backward districts will be ranked on 10 socio-economic parameters which will include nutrition, education and health. Moreover NITI Aayog will also set up a mechanism for real-time monitoring of government’s development programmes by April 2018. It will also create dashboard which will reflect change in ranking of districts on continuous basis by the end of March 2018.

Background

The Union Government had selected 115 backward districts for rapid transformation by 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to create a “New India” over the next five years. During the Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked collectors and officers-in- charge (Prabhari Officers) of the 115 aspirational districts to come up with pioneering innovations to achieve visible results for development. Government has embarked upon major policy initiative for rapid transformation of these 115 districts that are lagging on specific development parameters.

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Government to transform 115 backward districts by 2022

The Union Government has selected 115 backward districts for rapid transformation by 2022 in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to create a “New India” over the next five years.

These 115 backward districts include 35 districts affected by Left Wing Extremists (LWE) violence, 55 districts just affected by LWE and another 15 including districts in Jammu and Kashmir and northeast affected by terrorism.

Prabhari Officers

For each of these backward districts, government has nominated senior official in rank of Additional secretary and Joint secretary as Prabhari officer. The First meeting of the Prabhari Officers was recently held in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary. It was attended by Secretaries of the important central Ministries.

Role of Prabhari officers

Prabhari officers will form team with state representatives and bring convergence in their effort. They will take it up as challenge and succeed in their mission by making difference in the lives of millions of citizens in these backward districts.

Prabhari officers will assist District administration in sharing GOI’s vision for 2022 by ensuring convergence of efforts of central and state government and set up robust mechanism to monitor improvements in key outcomes in these backward districts.

Significance

If these districts are successfully transformed, it will bring tremendous improvement in internal security environment of country. It will also help to bring convergence in development efforts of different Ministries and state Governments and schemes specially launched by Home Ministry in these districts. It serve as great opportunity to ensure rapid development all regions of the country.

Third party validation

The third party validation of key performance indicators in field of health and nutrition, education, basic infrastructure including roads, household toilets, electricity, agriculture and irrigation will be undertaken to make this program successful.

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