The NITI Aayog has declared the holy city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand as the best aspirational district on five parameters. The letter by NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts Programme director Rakesh Ranjan to Uttarakhand chief secretary SS Sandhu and the district collector of Haridwar underlines that the district has secured the first rank in basic infrastructure theme and has become entitled to receive an additional allocation of Rs 3 crore.
Parameters for Evaluation:
The Aspirational District Programme launched by NITI Aayog evaluates the performance of districts on the basis of five key parameters. These parameters measure the socio-economic development of the block.
- Health & Nutrition (30%)
- Education (30%)
- Agriculture & Water Resources (20%)
- Financial Inclusion & Skill Development (10%)
- Infrastructure (10%)
About the Aspirational Districts Programme:
The NITI Aayog’s aspirational Districts Programme was launched in 2018. The programme is aimed at identifying potential districts that can develop into model blocks through socio-economic development. Under the programme, the central government takes steps to improve the socio-economic condition of identified districts and ensure inclusive and holistic development.
The programme enables the local administration to leverage technology and innovation for better governance and service delivery. During its launch, a total of 117 Districts were identified to be a part of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP). The development and performance of these districts is evaluated by NITI Aayog every month through reports sent by district administrators.