NITI Aayog to Release First Delta Ranking Under the Aspirational Districts Programme (Download PDF)

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NITI Aayog released 1st Delta ranking for 108 Aspirational Districts to measure their incremental progress across 5 developmental areas during 2 month period of 31st March to 31st May 2018 on 29th June, 2018. Following figure shows the indicators used in Delta rankings.

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Image of Indicators and Data Points

Image of Indicators and Data Points

  • Total 49 key performance indicators were mapped across 5 developmental areas: Health & Nutrition, Education, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, Agriculture & Water Resources, & Basic Infrastructure.

Data for Delta Ranking by Districts

  • In 1st edition of Delta rankings, 108 districts out of total 112 had participated. Districts started entering data from 1st April, 2018 in “Champions of Change” dashboard.

  • Data entry by remaining 4 districts is in progress, though they are not part of this ranking.

  • Delta ranking was computed in transparent manner for combined improvements made during April & May 2018.

  • Some of data points were sourced from Financial Inclusion, Skill Development & 3 indicators of Basic Infrastructure - Household Electricity Connections, Household Toilets & Rural Drinking Water.

  • Most of the data points, however, have been self-reported by the various districts themselves.

Performance of Districts

Most improved aspirational districts:

  • Dahod, Gujarat: Rank 1st in Delta Ranking & 17th in Baseline Ranking

  • West Sikkim, Sikkim: Rank 2nd

  • Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu: Rank 3rd

  • Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh: Rank 4th

  • YSR, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh: Rank 5th

  • Asifabad, Telangana, Rank 100th in Baseline & Rank 15th in Delta ranking.

  • Bijapur, Chhattisgarh: Rank 6th in Delta ranking & Rank 45th in Baseline ranking.

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Image of Delta Rankings

Image of Delta Rankings

Least improved aspirational districts:

  • Kupwara, J&K,

  • Begusarai, Bihar

  • Ranchi, Jharkhand

  • Simdega, Jharkhand)

  • Khagaria, Bihar

listed as 1st to 5th aspirational districts, in least improved states.

Significance of Delta Rankings

  • Spur sense of competition among dynamic teams in aspirational districts.

  • Serve as tool to identify sectors & indicator specific challenges so that Team India, which is driving programme can take immediate corrective measures.

  • Ranking takes step further & looks into specific aspects of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & analyses how districts have performed across important sectors. This grouping & positioning will aid District Magistrates or Collectors to focus more on these sectors & improve their ranking in future.

Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme

  • Programme launched in January 2018 aims to quickly & effectively transform some of most underdeveloped districts of country.

  • Programme envisages rapid development of selected districts on basis of composite index based on 5.

  • It focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in burgeoning economy.

  • It seeks to bring these indicators in selected districts at par w/better performing districts in country.

  • Program focuses on strength of each district, identifies low-hanging fruits for immediate improvement, measures progress, & ranks districts.

  • It seeks to fulfil Union Govt. ‘s SabkaSaath, Sabka Vikas initiative that aims to raise living standards of citizens & ensure inclusive growth for all.

  • Broad contours of programme:

    • Convergence of Central and State Schemes

    • Collaboration of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors

    • Competition among districts driven by Mass Movement or Jan Andolan

- Published/Last Modified on: September 3, 2018


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