NITI Aayog holds Conference on implementing SDGs in Aspirational Districts Top performing districts allocated additional funding for achievement in key areas

Linking the Transformation of Aspirational Districts Programme with India’s pursuit of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the NITI Aayog organized a conference on implementation of SDGs in Aspirational Districts.

The valedictory session of the conference was addressed by Mr Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and other technical sessions included participation from Ms Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, representatives of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, State officials, Central Prabhari Officers and District Collectors/Magistrates.

The conference included deliberations on key SDGs and best practices to help achieve the same and will featured presentations by State representatives who have done well on the SDG India Index on key themes of health, education and water resources.

Mr Amitabh Kant also felicitated eighteen fast moving Aspirational Districts, on the basis of delta rankings calculated in November – December 2018 and December 2018 – January 2019 on basis of the Champions of Change dashboard.

These delta rankings reflect overall improvements made across sectors and sector specific ranks in the domains of Health & Nutrition, Agriculture & Water Resources, Education, Skill Development & Financial Inclusion and Basic Infrastructure.

The Aspirational Districts programme has evolved from the principle of ‘Convergence of Schemes’ to provision of additional financial resources to the Districts to undertake innovative projects that significantly improve the indicators.

Earlier this year, Department of Public Enterprises notified rules mandating 60% of CSR allocation of CPSEs under health, nutrition and education to be spent on projects in Aspirational Districts. Today, additional funding to the tune of about Rs 1,000 crores was announced for two years for projects under challenge method to be rewarded to top performing districts every month as per improvement made in the delta ranking.

Promoting the spirit of competitive and cooperative federalism, the districts will be supplied supplementary funding from the Government of India to focus on key projects in their districts. There will also be a team of experts housed in NITI Aayog, who will provide necessary technical assistance for preparing feasibility reports, monitoring and evaluation support to the projects to ensure transparent and targeted expenditure.

The funding allocation has been designed in a manner such that districts having mineral fund accrual annually of more than Rs. 30 crores do not receive this additional allocation but are encouraged to continue focusing on bettering governance structures and implementation efficiency. However, they were recognized for their performance by the NITI Aayog through a special commendation during the conference. States have also been requested to ensure that additional allocation of equivalent amount from DMF is made available to these districts.

To ensure fairness and parity of allocation, districts which receive funding under this scheme, will not be eligible for the same under any category in a calendar year. And in the interest of transparency and effective utilization of the funds, detailed guidelines will soon be notified.

Launched by the Hon’ble PM in January 2018, the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ programme aims to quickly and effectively transform the most underserved 112 districts across India.  The broad contours of the programme are Convergence of Central & State Schemes, Collaboration of Central, State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors, and Competition among districts driven by a mass movement at the grassroots which realizes the aspirations of a New India.

 

The rankings of the districts are as follows:

November 2018 – December 2018 Delta Ranking

 

Sector

Rank and name of the District

Rank and name of the District eligible for the allocation

 

Remarks*

 

Overall

1. Hailakandi, Assam

1. Hailakandi, Assam

 

2. Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh

2. Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh

 

 

Health and Nutrition

 

1. Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh

 

2. Purbi Singhbhum, Jharkhand

Kondagaon, Chhatigarh already rewarded in overall ranking

 

Education

 

1. Hailakandi, Assam

 

2. Khunti, Jharkhand

Hailakandi, Assam already rewarded in overall ranking

 

Agriculture and Water Resources

 

1. Y.S.R. Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh

 

 

2. Damoh, Madhya Pradesh

Y.S.R. Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh has mineral fund of more than 30 crores

 

Financial Inclusion and Skill Development

 

 

1. Gajapati, Odisha

 

 

1. Gajapati, Odisha

 

 

Basic Infrastructure

 

1. Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh

 

1. Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

December 2018 – January 2019 Delta Ranking

 

Sector

 

Rank and name of the District

Rank and name of the 
District eligible for allocation

 

Remarks*

 

 

 

 

 

Overall

 

1. Chatra, Jharkhand

 

2. Sahibganj, Jharkhand

Chatra, Jharkhand has mineral fund of more than 30 crores

 

2. Sahibganj, Jharkhand

 

 

 

4. Begusarai, Bihar

Sahibganj, Jharkhand already rewarded in overall ranking

 

3. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

Hazaribagh, Jharkhand has mineral fund of more than 30 crores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Nutrition

 

1. Chatra, Jharkhand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Gaya, Bihar

Chatra Jharkhand has mineral fund of more than 30 crores.

 

2. Sahibganj, Jharkhand

Sahibganj, Jharkhand already rewarded in overall ranking

 

3. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand

Hazaribagh, Jharkhand has mineral fund of 30 crores

 

4. Begusarai, Bihar

Begusarai, Bihar already rewarded in

overall ranking.

 

 

 

 

 

Education

 

1. Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

 

4. Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh has mineral fund of more than 30 crores.

 

2. Sahibganj, Jharkhand

Sahibganj, Jharkhand already rewarded in overall ranking.

 

3. Chatra, Jharkhand

Chatra, Jharkhand has mineral fund of more than 30 crores

Agriculture and Water Resources

 

1. Jamui, Bihar

 

1. Jamui, Bihar

 

Financial Inclusion and Skill Development

 

1. Mewat, Haryana

 

1. Mewat, Haryana

 

 

Basic Infrastructure

 

1. Ribhoi, Meghalaya

 

1. Ribhoi, Meghalaya

 

 

 

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