Young IAS to Be Posted in “Aspirational Districts” (Download PDF)


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes younger bureaucrats should be posted as heads of the 115 districts that rank low in development parameters as they would be better suited to address the governance challenges compared with “promotee” officers, mostly in their forties.

Image of Aspirational Districts

Image of Aspirational Districts

Image of Aspirational Districts

  • The 115 districts have been identified on the basis of 48 parameters.

What is the Need for the Change?

  • The average age of a district collector is around 27, 28 or 30. Young IAS officers with three-four years’ experience take up such assignments.

  • In the 115 districts, more than 80 % of district collectors were 40 plus and some were 45.

  • Officers in these age groups had grown up children and they were worried about education and wanted to shift to big cities.

  • Most district heads were “promotee officers” from state civil services and most of them looked upon such appointments as “punishment postings”.

What Are Aspirational Districts?

  • The NITI Aayog has launched the baseline ranking for 115 aspirational districts based on 49 indicators across five sectors that include
  1. Health and nutrition

  2. Education

  3. Agriculture and water resources

  4. Financial inclusion and skill development

  5. Basic infrastructure

  • The aspirational districts programme (ADP) would help India move towards its goals
  • The programme leverages the collective efforts of the central, state and local governments, and puts in place real-time monitoring mechanisms to measure progress.
  • The program mainly aims to develop the backward districts of the country.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 9, 2018

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