Champions
of Change
Aspirational Districts

Introduction

The Transformation of Aspirational Districts Program aims to expeditiously transform 117 districts that were identified from across 28 states, in a transparent manner. Central to the programme are – Convergence (of Central & State Schemes), Collaboration (of Central & State level ‘Prabhari’ Officers & District Collectors), and Competition among districts. Driven primarily by the States and instituted for the States, this initiative focuses on the strengths of each district, and identifies the attainable outcomes for immediate improvement, while measuring progress and ranking the select districts.

Areas of Focus

This programme is for overall transformation of the district using mass movement approach. Different districts have different strength and weakness and detail of district level plans would vary. At the same time, to keep the approach focussed, the programme seeks to focus in following sectors as these are important for all districts:

  • a) Health and Nutrition
  • b) Education
  • c) Agriculture and Water Resources
  • D) Financial inclusion and skill development
  • E) Basic Infrastructure including access to road, potable water, rural electrification and individual household toilets.

Institutional arrangement for the programme

The Aspirational Districts Programme shall is a product of collective effort in which States are the main drivers. At Government of India level, programme is anchored in NITI Aayog. In addition, individual Ministries have been given responsibility to drive progress of districts. For each district, a central Prabhari officer of the rank of Additional Secretary/Joint Secretary has been nominated. An Empowered Committee under the convener-ship of CEO, NITI Aayog has been notified to ensure convergence in schemes and address specific issues brought out by Prabhari officers. States have been requested to form a committee under Chief Secretary to implement the programme. States have also nominated nodal officers and also State level Prabhari officer.

Core Strategy

  • The core strategy in the program may be summarised as:
  • - States as main drivers
  • - Work on the strength of each district.
  • - Make development as a mass movement in these districts.
  • - Identify low hanging fruits by identifying the strength of the districts so that this can work as a catalyst for development.
  • - Measure progress and rank districts to spur a sense of competition.
  • - Districts to aspire: from becoming States’ best to Nation’s best.

Real Time Monitoring and ranking of districts

49 Key performance indicators (81 data points) have been identified, in consultation with Ministries across sectors of focus. The dashboard is designed, developed, and maintained by the Planning Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. The ranking of districts is dynamic and would reflect the incremental (delta) improvement made month on month. Some of the important data points are being validated by third-party agencies. NITI Aayog is partnering with two survey agencies, Tata Trusts and IDInsight in 76 and 25 districts respectively.

Formulation of district Plan

NITI Aayog has developed a broad template for formulation of district plans. Since different districts have different opportunity and challenges, Districts have been advised to customise the template. They have been particularly advised to identify low hanging fruits/opportunities and make strategy for realising them. In addition, a Primer comprising of steps to be taken to improve each of the indicators, compiled from the inputs received from respective Ministries, has also been provided to District Administration.


Districts under Aspirational Districts Programme


S.No.

State

District

1

Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam

2

Andhra Pradesh

Vizianagaram

3

Andhra Pradesh

Y.S.R.

4

Arunachal Pradesh

Namsai

5

Assam

Baksa

6

Assam

Barpeta

7

Assam

Darrang

8

Assam

Dhubri

9

Assam

Goalpara

10

Assam

Hailakandi

11

Assam

Udalguri

12

Bihar

Araria

13

Bihar

Aurangabad

14

Bihar

Banka

15

Bihar

Begusarai

16

Bihar

Gaya

17

BIHAR

Jamui

18

Bihar

Katihar

19

Bihar

Khagaria

20

Bihar

Muzaffarpur

21

Bihar

Nawada

22

BIHAR

Purnia

23

Bihar

Sheikhpura

24

Bihar

Sitamarhi

25

Chhattisgarh

Bastar

26

Chhattisgarh

Bijapur

27

Chhattisgarh

Dakshin Bastar Dantewada

28

Chhattisgarh

Kondagaon

29

Chhattisgarh

Korba

30

Chhattisgarh

Mahasamund

31

Chhattisgarh

Narayanpur

32

Chhattisgarh

Rajnandgaon

33

Chhattisgarh

Sukma

34

Chhattisgarh

Uttar Bastar Kanker

35

Gujarat

Dohad 

36

Gujarat

Narmada

37

Haryana

Mewat

38

Himachal pradesh

Chamba

39

Jammu & Kashmir

Baramula

40

Jammu & Kashmir

Kupwara

41

Jharkhand

Bokaro

42

Jharkhand

Chatra

43

Jharkhand

Dumka

44

Jharkhand

Garhwa

45

Jharkhand

Giridih

46

Jharkhand

Godda

47

Jharkhand

Gumla

48

Jharkhand

Hazaribagh

49

Jharkhand

Khunti

50

Jharkhand

Latehar

51

Jharkhand

Lohardaga

52

Jharkhand

Pakur

53

Jharkhand

Palamu

54

Jharkhand

Pashchimi Singhbhum

55

Jharkhand

Purbi Singhbhum

56

Jharkhand

Ramgarh

57

Jharkhand

Ranchi

58

Jharkhand

Sahibganj

59

Jharkhand

Simdega

S.No.

State

District

60

Karnataka

Raichur

61

Karnataka

Yadgir

62

Kerala

Wayanad

63

Madhya Pradesh

Barwani

64

Madhya Pradesh

Chhatarpur

65

Madhya Pradesh

Damoh

66

Madhya Pradesh

Guna

67

Madhya Pradesh

Khandwa (East Nimar)

68

Madhya Pradesh

Rajgarh

69

Madhya Pradesh

Singrauli

70

Madhya Pradesh

Vidisha

71

Maharashtra

Gadchiroli

72

Maharashtra

Nandurbar

73

Maharashtra

Osmanabad

74

Maharashtra

Washim

75

Manipur

Chandel

76

Meghalaya

Ribhoi

77

MIZORAM

Mamit

78

Nagaland

Kiphire

79

Odisha

Balangir

80

Odisha

Dhenkanal

81

Odisha

Gajapati

82

Odisha

Kalahandi

83

Odisha

Kandhamal

84

Odisha

Koraput

85

Odisha

Malkangiri 

86

Odisha

Nabarangapur

87

Odisha

Nuapada

88

Odisha

Rayagada 

89

Punjab

Firozpur

90

Punjab

Moga

91

Rajasthan

Baran

92

Rajasthan

Dhaulpur

93

Rajasthan

Jaisalmer

94

Rajasthan

Karauli

95

Rajasthan

Sirohi

96

Sikkim

West District

97

Tamil Nadu

Ramanathapuram

98

Tamil Nadu

Virudhunagar

99

Telangana

Asifabad (Adilabad)

100

Telangana

Bhoopalapalli (Warangal)

101

Telangana

Khammam

102

Tripura

Dhalai

103

Uttarakhand

Hardwar

104

Uttarakhand

Udham Singh Nagar

105

Uttar Pradesh

Bahraich

106

Uttar Pradesh

Balrampur

107

Uttar Pradesh

Chandauli

108

Uttar Pradesh

Chitrakoot

109

Uttar Pradesh

Fatehpur

110

Uttar Pradesh

Shrawasti

111

Uttar Pradesh

Siddharthnagar

112

Uttar Pradesh

Sonbhadra

Key Performance Indicators

Health & Nutrition (30%)

No

Monitorable
Data-points

Weight in H&N

Weight in overall

Source & Periodicity

Entered in dashboard by

Validated by Survey/ Periodicity

1.1

Percentage of Pregnant Women receiving four or more antenatal care check-ups against total ANC registrations

2

0.6

HMIS, MoHFW
Annually

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

1.2

Percentage of ANC registered within the first trimester against total ANC registrations

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

1.3

Percentage of pregnant women (PW) registered for ANC against estimated pregnancies

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

2

Percentage of pregnant women taking Supplementary Nutrition under the ICDS programme regularly

3

0.9

Project monthly progress report-ICDS; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

3.1

Percentage of Pregnant women having severe anaemia treated against PW having sever anaemia  tested cases

5

1.5

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

3.2

Percentage of Pregnant Women tested for Haemoglobin 4 or more than 4 times for respective ANCs against total ANC registration

4

1.2

HMIS, MoHFW
Annually

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

4.1

Sex Ratio at birth

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

4.2

Percentage of institutional deliveries out of total estimated deliveries

4

1.2

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

5

Percentage of home deliveries attended by an SBA (Skilled Birth Attendance) trained health worker out of total home deliveries

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

6.1

Percentage of new-borns breastfed within one hour of birth

4

1.2

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

6.2

Percentage of low birth weight babies (Less than 2500 gms)

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

6.3

Proportion of live babies weighed at birth

3

0.9

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

7

Percentage of  underweight children under 5 years­

7

2.1

Project monthly progress report-ICDS; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

8.1

Percentage of stunted children under 5 years

2

0.6

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

8.2

Percentage of children with Diarrhoea treated with ORS

2

0.6

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

8.3

Percentage of children with Diarrhoea treated with Zinc

2

0.6

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

 

8.4

Percentage of children with ARI in the last 2 weeks taken to a health facility

2

0.6

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

 

9.1

Percentage of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

3

1

Project monthly progress report-ICDS; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

9.2

Percentage of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM)

2

0.5

Project monthly progress report-ICDS; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

10.1

Breastfeeding children receiving adequate diet (6-23 months)

3

1

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

 

10.2

Non-Breastfeeding children receiving adequate diet (6-23 months)

2

0.5

Survey
Quarterly

Survey Agency

 

11

Percentage of children fully immunized (9-11 months) (BCG+ DPT3 + OPV3 + Measles1)

10

3

HMIS, MoHFW Monthly

DC/DM

Yes Quarterly

12.1

Tuberculosis (TB) case notification rate (Public and Private Institutions) against estimated cases

2.5

0.75

RNTCP/
Nikshay MIS
Monthly

DC/DM

12.2

TB Treatment success rate among notified TB patients (public and private)

2.5

0.75

RNTCP/
Nikshay MIS
Monthly

DC/DM

 

13.1

Proportion of Sub centres/ PHCs converted into Health & Wellness Centres (HWCs)

6

1.8

NHM-MIS
Quarterly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

13.2

Proportion of Primary Health Centres compliant to Indian Public Health Standards

5

1.5

HMIS, MoHFW
Quarterly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

13.3

Proportion of functional FRUs (First referral units) against the norm of 1 per 5,00,000 population (1 per 3,00,000 for hilly terrain)

1.5

0.45

NHM-MIS
Quarterly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

13.4

Proportion of specialist services available in District hospitals against 10* core specialist services

2

0.6

HMIS, MoHFW
& ICDS
Quarterly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

13.5

Percentage of Anganwadis centres/Urban PHCs reported to have conducted at least one Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition day / Urban Health Sanitation & Nutrition day/ respectively in the last one month

2

0.6

HMIS, MoHFW
Monthly

DC/DM

 

13.6

Proportion of Anganwadis with own buildings

2

0.6

Project monthly progress report-ICDS; Quarterly

DC/DM

 

13.7

Percentage of First referral units (FRU) having labour room and obstetrics OT NQAS certified (ie meet LaQShya quidelines)

1.5

0.45

District Health Officer
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

Total (%)

100

30

 

Education (30%)

No.

Monitorable
Data-points

Weight in Education Index

Weight in Overall index

Source & Periodicity

Entered by

Validated by Survey/ Periodicity

1.1

Transition Rate - Primary to Upper Primary level

14

4.2

MHRD – UDISE; Annual

DC/DM

 

1.2

Transition Rate - Upper Primary to Secondary level

6

1.8

MHRD – UDISE; Annual

DC/DM

 

2

Toilet access: Percentage schools with functional girls’ toilets

5

1.5

Concerned Officer-DC/ DM; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

3

Learning outcomes

  1. Mathematics performance in Class 3
  2. Language performance in Class 3
  3. Mathematics performance in Class 5
  4. Language performance in Class 5
  5. Mathematics performance in Class 8
  6. Language performance in Class 8

50

15

Tests for students selected through Sampling by Third Party on quarterly Basis

(Government Schools only)

Survey Agency

 

4

Female literacy rate (15+ Age group)

8

2.4

Survey Quarterly

Survey Agency

 

5

Percentage of schools with functional drinking water facility

4

1.2

Concerned Officer-DC/DM; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

6

Percentage of schools with functional electricity facility at secondary level

1

0.3

Concerned Officer-DC/DM; Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

7

Percentage of elementary schools complying with RTE specified Pupil Teacher Ratio

8

2.4

Concerned Officer-DC/ DM; Monthly

DC/DM

 

8

Percentage of schools providing textbooks to children within 1 month of start of the academic session

4

1.2

MHRD
Annual

DC/DM

 

Total

100%

30%

 

 

Agriculture & Water Resources (20%)

No.

Monitorable
Data-points

Weight in Agriculture Index

Weight in Overall index

Source & Periodicity

Entered by

Validated by Survey/ Periodicity

1.1

Percentage of net sown area under micro-irrigation

17.5

3.5

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

 

1.2

Number of water bodies rejuvenated under MGNREGA

12.5

2.5

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Half yearly

DC/DM

 

2

Crop Insurance- Percentage of net sown area under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

15

3

Concerned Officer, DC / Half Yearly

DC/DM

 

3.1

Percentage increase in agricultural credit

10

2

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

 

3.2

Certified quality seed distribution

7.5

1.5

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Quarterly

DC/DM

Yes
Half Yearly

4

Number of district mandis linked to electronic market

10

2

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

 

5

Percentage change in Price Realization - difference between Farm Harvest Price (FHP) and Minimum Support Price (MSP)

5

1

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Half Yearly

DC/DM

Yes
Half Yearly

6

Percentage share of high value crops to total sown area in district

2.5

0.5

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Half Yearly

DC/DM

 

7

Agricultural productivity of 2 major crops

5

1

Concerned Officer, DC/DM
Half Yearly

DC/DM

 

8

Percentage of animals vaccinated

7.5

1.5

Concerned Officer-DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

9

Artificial Insemination coverage

5

1

Concerned Officer-DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

Yes
Quarterly

10

Number of Soil Health Cards distributed

2.5

0.5

Concerned Officer-DC/DM
Monthly

DC/DM

 

 

Total

100%

20%

 

 

Financial Inclusion (5%)

Number

Monitorable
Data-points*

Weight in Financial Inclusion Index

Weight in Overall index

Source & Periodicity

Entered by

1

Total Disbursement of Mudra loan (in rupees) per 1 Lakh population

16.67

0.83

Department of Financial Services (DFS) / Monthly

DFS

2

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY):   Number of Enrolments per 1 Lakh population

16.67

0.83

DFS / Monthly

DFS

3

Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY): Number of Enrolments per 1 Lakh population

16.67

0.83

DFS / Monthly

DFS

4

Atal Pension Yojana (APY):   Number of Beneficiaries per 1 Lakh population

16.67

0.83

DFS / Monthly

DFS

5

Percentage of accounts seeded with Aadhaar as a percentage of total banking accounts

16.67

0.83

DFS / Monthly

DFS

6

Number of accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

16.67

0.83

DFS / Monthly

DFS

Total

100%

5%

 

Notes * None of the data-points needs to be validated through surveys.

Skill Development (5%)

Number

Monitorable
Data-points

Weight in Skill Development Index

Weight in Overall index

Source & Periodicity

Entered by

1

No of youth certified in short term and long-term training# schemes / no of youth in district in age group 15-29

25

1.25

MSDE & Line Ministry / Monthly

Ministry concerned

2

No of certified youth employed# /No of youth trained under short term and long-term training

15

0.75

MSDE & Line Ministry / Monthly

Ministry concerned

3

Number of Apprentices completing/Total number of trainees registered on the portal

25

1.25

Directorate General of Training (DGT) / Monthly

Ministry concerned

4

No of people certified under Recognition of Prior Learning#/Non-formally skilled workforce**

25

1.25

MSDE & National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) / Monthly

Ministry concerned

5

Number of Vulnerable or Marginalized youth certified trained under short term and long-term training# (

  1. Women - certified trained
  2. SC - certified trained
  3. ST - certified trained
  4. OBC - certified trained
  5. Minorities – certified trained
  6. Differently abled – certified trained) / Total Number of youth certified trained

10

0.5

MSDE & NSDC / Monthly

Ministry concerned

Total

100%

5%

 

Notes* #Only data from PMKVY (2016-20) has been referred here; ** The data for non-formally skilled workforce has been estimated from NSSO 2011-12 EUS Survey and Census 2011

BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE (10%))

Number

Monitorable
Data-points

Weight in Basic Infrastructure Index

Weight in Overall index

Source & Periodicity

Entered by

Validated by Survey/ Periodicity

1

Percentage of households with electricity connection 20 2 Concerned Officer-DC/DM; Monthly DC/DM Yes Quarterly

2

Percentage of Gram panchayat with internet connection 5 0.5 Concerned Officer-DC/DM; Monthly DC/DM  

3.1

Percentage of habitations with access to all weather roads under PMGSY 7.5 0.75 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM  

3.2

Cumulative number of kilometres of all-weather road work completed as a percentage of total sanctioned kilometres in the district under PMGSY 7.5 0.75 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM  

4

Percentage of households with Individual Household Latrines 15 1.5 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM Yes Quarterly
5 Percentage of Rural habitations with access to adequate quantity of potable water - 40 lpcd drinking water in rural 20 2 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM  
6 Coverage/ establishment of Common Service Centres at Gram Panchayat level 5 0.5 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM  
7 Number of pucca houses constructed for household who are shelter-less or having one room with kuchha wall and kuchha roof or having 2 room with kuchha wall and roof 20 2 Concerned Officer-DC/DM Monthly DC/DM  
Total  100% 10%